Robert Eggers to Direct 'Nosferatu' Remake
Anyone who has seen The Witch knows how gifted a filmmaker Robert Eggers is. While The Witch isn't one of my favorite horror films, there is an attention detail on display in the movie that is undeniable. I just love how authentically old The Witch is. I believe Eggers has The Witch to thanks 100% for getting his next project; a Nosferatu film.
Eggers dropped some juicy details on IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit podcast this week regarding the project:
"[It’s shocking] to me. 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."
I don't think anything sounds blasphemus, egomaniacal or disgusting; it's been a while since anyone attempted making a Nosferatu film, and since the iron is still hot from The Witch, this seems like the perfect time for Eggers to tackle such a project.
Eggers then goes on to drop some details about his connection with Nosferatu and how he would like to bring it to life:
"That’s when I realized this is what I want to be doing. Nosferatu has a very close, magical connection for me. Though if I were to make the movie 17-year-old Rob was going to make of Nosferatu it would have been something between like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sin City, whereas this is going to be the same approach as The Witch, where 1830s Biedermeier Baltic Germany needs to be articulated in a way that seems real."
This makes me so excited. I grow very weary of films that attempt to be modern updates of classics because it all just comes off as lazy. If there's going to be a Nosferatu film, I want it to be authentic to the time period of the original film. It's funny that this news dropped when it did, because I was just wondering to myself a few days ago about why in a land of remakes nobody has touched Nosferatu. I was in a sense glad that it hadn't been touched but I also wanted to see that iconic vampire on screen again and it just makes me happy that the right director has been chosen for the project.
No release date for Nosferatu has been announced yet and the project is in its very earliest of stages, but hopefully we'll hear some more news as the movie moves into production.