Paramount is developing the mysterious HG Wells film project
The witch and Lighthouse director Robert Eggerincluding the new viking revenge movie The man from the north coming out this year, has been attached to direct a new version of the classic horror film Nosferatus for a while now. In fact, it was announced in 2017 that Anya Taylor Joy (The witch, the man of the north) would star in this upcoming film.
Today brings the latest update on the Robert Eggers Nosferatus project, with The New Yorker revealing in a profile article on Eggers that production on the film was recently halted.
The New Yorker writes: “Eggers was supposed to be in Prague. The previous week, he had to settle there to start preparing a remake of NosferatusFW Murnau’s 1922 silent vampire film. The new version starred Taylor-Joy, who also starred in The witchand Harry Styles. But, at the last minute, Styles pulled out, citing scheduling issues. Jarin Blaschke, Eggers’ cinematographer, had already enrolled his daughter in school in Prague.
The article is unclear on the precise moment Nosferatus was supposed to start filming or what the current status of production is, but it seems to suggest that there has at least been a delay.
Previously, we had never heard of Harry Styles attached to the film.
Stay tuned for more as we learn.
Eggers was thinking about Nosferatus with Bloody Disgusting in 2019, “I mean, this movie [Nosferatu] is really important to me for many reasons, but I think Nosferatus is closer to the popular vampire. The vampire played by Max Schreck is a combination of the folk vampire, the literary vampire who actually has his roots in England before Germany, and also [has roots in] Albin Grau, the producer/set designer’s occultist theories on vampires. So it’s not a traditional folk vampire, but it’s much closer to that than Stoker, although obviously Stoker uses a lot of folklore that he researched to create his vampire. But Dracula is ultimately much more of an extension of the literary vampire that was pioneered by Byron-based John Polidori.
The 1922 silent film follows the vampire Count Orlok, who wants to buy a house in Germany and falls in love with the estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake.