Robert Eggers is set to direct the remake of the 1922, classic, German, expressionist film, Nosferatu. Eggers has been attached to the project since 2015, after receiving a great deal of critical praise for his directorial debut, 2014’s, The Witch. Although the film was met with great acclaim by critics, The Witch polarized audiences.
Eggers will re-team with Anya Taylor-Joy, who became endeared to horror audiences when introduced as Thomasin in The Witch. She has since gone on to star in M. Night Shymalan’s, Split, and will also star in the sequel, Glass. She is currently filming, New Mutants, the next installment in the X-Men franchise by Josh Boone.
According to Indiewire, Eggers has admitted to being enamored by the idea of adapting Nosferatu since childhood. In an interview with Indieiwre’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, Eggers stated,
“It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu, next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
The legendary Chris Columbus (Gremlins, Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone) and his daughter, Eleanor Columbus (Patti Cake$), will produce, while Eggers will be both director and writer of the film.
Nosferatu is considered one of the most influential silent films and one of the most revered horror films, of all time. Should Eggers create the same eerie atmosphere as that of The Witch, the remake will likely succeed as one of the better adaptations made in recent time.
There is no information regarding additional cast members or a possible theatrical release date. We’ll keep you posted.