by: S. Scott Stanikmas
One of the greatest adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula isn’t even an official version. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is a classic in its own right though. Made in 1922, the silent film is a creepy and atmospheric masterpiece that still stands strong almost 100 years later.
While the vampire story has been done over and over again, there’s just something about Murnau’s film that sets it apart from all others.
Deadline is reporting that Jeff Robinov’s new production company, Studio 8, has been chasing hard to get a remake going. They finally acquired the rights and have even nailed down a director.
Robert Eggers, writer and director of the Sundance darling The Witch, has been tapped to write and direct the upcoming remake.
If you haven’t heard of Eggers or The Witch, don’t feel bad. While it got rave reviews at Sundance, not one frame of the film has been seen outside of the festival…not even a trailer. Hopefully A24 (the studio behind that and a slew of awesome films this year) will get the ball rolling and give us a taste of what Eggers can do before he starts production on Studio 8’s project.
Deadline says that this will be “a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film masterpiece that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen.” With the excellent reviews that The Witch had coming out of Sundance, I’m hoping that the director can bring something truly horrific and scary to this project.
Murnau set the bar high, hopefully Robert Eggers is up to the challenge.