Hire who you know, they say.
That’s good advice for anyone, especially if you’re Director Robert Eggers following up 2015’s supernatural hit, The Witch. Modern Horrors is happy to share his next production will be a remake of F.W. Murnau’s iconic 1922 silent film, Nosferatu. It will star Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) in an as yet unannounced role, teaming her once again with Eggers. Anya is currently starring in the X-Men spinoff, New Mutants mentioned before on Modern Horrors here.
Starring German actor Max Shreck, who set the bar for embracing your character, Nosferatu remains an eerie visual masterpiece, with images, costumes and set-pieces that are still imitated today. That film presents Shreck as Count Orlock, a skeletal and demon-like version of the Bram Stoker Dracula we know and love. In fact, the family of Dracula author Bram Stoker sued the makers of Nosferatu demanding the film be destroyed. They almost got their wish, but thankfully the Count escaped their grasp, leaving us to enjoy a masterwork of silent cinema.
Critically well-received and grossing over four times its budget, The Witch put Eggers on the directorial map. Already a very accomplished Production Designer, Art Director and Costumer, Eggers has never been shy about his love of classic Horror. In fact, in a 2016 interview Eggers shared that he’d even directed a High School production of Nosferatu. Chances are, this time he’ll have a bigger budget.
No release date has been set for Nosferatu, but I bet he’ll be waking up before you know it. Prepare your garlic now.