the filmmaker Robert Eggers has been planning to direct a remake of Nosferatu for six years. The project, which had Anya Taylor-Joy in the leading role, has some novelties in its development.
According to reports from Deadline, Taylor-Joy left the project due to scheduling conflicts, and has signed Bill Skarsgård (Barbarian, It) to play Nosferatu/Count Orlock, since Lily-Rose Depp (The Idol, Silent Night) in a co-starring role. The film changes from house to Focus Featureswith Eggers on board as director and writer.
In the new reimagining, Nosferatu is a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Depp) in 19th-century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Skarsgard) who stalks her, bringing with him unspeakable horror.
The original 1922 silent film and German horror classic was directed by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. His script unofficially adapts the story from Bram Stroker’s book, dracula. In the film, Max Schreck played the role of the vampire Count Orlok, who falls in love with the real estate agent’s wife, and provided the audience with an image that became an icon for film culture. In 1979, Werner Herzog directed another version of the classic.
Eggers won critical and audience acclaim with his feature debut, the independent horror film The Witch (2016). In 2019 she presented her second feature film, the also acclaimed film The Lghthousewhile this year, he launched his third, The Northman.
The filmmaker is an avid fan of Nosferatu, and has been familiar with the material since childhood. In 2016 he revealed to have been more in contact with horror classics from Universal Pictures and Hammer Studios, as he did not feel able to deal with the chilling A Nightmare on Elm Street. “I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book from my elementary school and I lost my mind.”
He was so interested that he asked his mother to take him to a mall in New Hampshire to get a VHS copy of the film. A few years later, at the age of 17, he directed Nosferatu as his graduation work. This intervention led him to be professionally recruited for staging, something that definitely inspired him in his career as a filmmaker.
Jeff Robinov, John Graham, Robert Eggers, Chris Columbus, and Eleanor Columbus are the producers.