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NOSFERATU is a 1922 silent Horror film that was directed by F. W. Murnau, and stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The movie is still held in high regard by fans today and we have some fresh news on the subject.
Last year we learned that Studio 8 had plans to remake NOSFERATU. They penciled in their directing choice in Robert Eggers, (writer and director of the Sundance hit THE WITCH).
Fast forward to the present, and Eggers recently appeared on IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit podcast and addressed the rumors that have been building, revealing that he will in fact be directing the NOSFERATU remake saying:
"[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."
Eggers, who has a great respect for the source material, adds:
"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."
"An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh). Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws -- perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned. Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu's landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister."
We will continue to bring you more on the NOSFERATU remake as it unfolds.