‘Nosferatu’ Remake in the Works From Director of Acclaimed Upcoming Horror Film ‘The Witch’
One of the most talked about films of 2015 hasn’t even hit theaters yet — Robert Eggers’ The Witch blew audiences away at Sundance, but you probably won’t get a chance to find out why until much later this year. In the meantime, the director has lined up another new project: a remake of F.W. Murnau’s silent 1922 horror film Nosferatu.
A remake of Nosferatu hardly seems needed, given how prolific vampire and Dracula films have become since then. But a remake of Nosferatu directed by Robert Eggers is definitely something to get excited about. Deadline reports that Studio 8 has acquired the rights to Murnau’s film, with Eggers attached to write and direct. There are no specific plot details yet, but Murnau’s original feature centered on the terribly creepy Count Orlok, a character inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
It’s also not clear if Eggers intends to make a silent film or incorporate dialogue. The recent Ukrainian film The Tribe made an excellent case for the technique with its effective lack of dialogue or music in its exploration of teen culture at a school for the deaf.
The Witch doesn’t have a formal release date as of yet, though it’s likely to hit theaters later this year or early next year. Eggers is also attached to write and direct a medieval film titled The Knight — after the intense atmospheric horror and efficacy of The Witch, I’m on board with whatever he wants to do next.