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‘The Witch’ Director Robert Eggers Confirms ‘Nosferatu’ Remake Is Next

This. Is. Perfect.

In the wake of this year’s period piece The Witch hitting theaters and impressing the hell out of mostly anyone looking for something deeper than cheap jump scares, including ourselves, it was reported that writer/director Robert Eggers had been tapped to helm a remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosferatu. But is that still the plan? According to Eggers himself, it indeed is.

Speaking with Indiewire, the filmmaker confirmed the reports.

“[It’s shocking] to me. It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next,” Eggers admitted. “I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”

Eggers, who says he fell in love with Nosferatu way back in elementary school, ended up directing a stage adaptation of the German expressionist film when he was 17, so you could say that in just his second feature, his career has already come full circle. And if you’re worried about him setting the remake in modern times, have no fear; he’s taking a page out of his own playbook.

Explained Eggers:

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.

The 1922 film centers on Count Orlok, and was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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112 Comments
  • LivingDeadMan

    I wonder if it can be any better than Werner Herzog’s remake. That’s a pretty tough benchmark to beat (IMHO).

  • Mehliens

    Uhh, ok. Its not a film that needs any remaking (ever), but I loved the Witch so much that my elitist cinephile feathers are not ruffled yet xD

    • Andrew Lyall

      It already has been remade, by Werner Herzog, and in my opinion that film’s pretty great. We agree, though, that The Witch is great so I’ve got my fingers crossed for this one.

      • Mehliens

        Thats exactly why I made the distinction of the film being original and not remade ^^

        • Andrew Lyall

          Oh sorry, misread.

      • Saturn

        Indeed, but Herzog’s version stars an – alleged – paedophile.

        • Andrew Lyall

          So?

          • Saturn

            Hey, if you don’t have issues with it……

          • Andrew Lyall

            “It” doesn’t have anything to do with what I said about the film. So you have no idea whether or not I have an issue with “it”
            The word “alleged” that you used it pretty important in that sentence. So tell me, what are your issues with Werner Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu’ the film, in the context of allegations of paedophilia against Kinski, the man?

          • Saturn

            Where do I state I have issues with the movie? I don’t
            When I use the term “it” it is in the context of “it” being the alleged (by how own DAUGHTERS) paedophillia.

            I don’t blame Herzog for it – nor his film. Did I condemn the movie? No. The lead actor? Yes.
            I no longer want to support movies which star a man who it’s claimed used to repeatedly rape his own daughter(s).

          • Andrew Lyall

            You’re all over the place, Saturn. I was talking about the movie. You brought up the allegations against Kinski. You say you don’t have any issue with the movie and don’t condemn the movie but in the next breath say you don’t want to support the movie because of allegations against its star. You can either separate the two or you can’t, but you can’t have your cake and eat it. I hope you don’t ever do jury service because it seems like allegations alone are all that’s required in your world. You must be going nuts over the fact that an alleged rapist just got elected to the White House. I can make an allegation about you if I want…will you no longer support yourself in that case? I don’t care what films you decide to support or not, for whatever reasons you care to choose. I take exception to your inconsistency, which leads me to believe you’ve not properly thought your stance through, and I don’t appreciate your implication of superiority because I don’t share your tinfoil hat notions of guilt, proof, fact or allegation which draw you to conflate a film with a man’s alleged actions.

    • PsychoMantis18

      We’re agreeing a lot recently.

  • Mehliens

    Isnt it ironic that after almost 100 years of Vampire films, Vampires went from he most terrifying things of the night imaginable to the most laughable imaginable. Also, no one managed to capture the magic of Nosferatu: Symphonie des Grauens again in an updated and original take on the genre?

    • PsychoMantis18

      Well I do love the Herzog remake…

  • I hated The Witch, for me was one of the most overrated movies of all time.

    • khail19

      It never should have been 🙁 It could’ve lived well as one of those horror gems you accidentally find browsing through imdb, but no!

    • Simon Allen

      I’m with you Pedro …what a load of overrated nonsense .
      And those comedy accents were the festering cherry on top of the stale cake .
      The girl was a pretty great actress though .
      It was horror for hipsters to love

      • Cappy Tally

        Comedy accents? Those were genuine accents, dumbass. It would have been weird for people in that time period to have modern accents and speak in a modern dialect.

        • Simon Allen

          Still hated them dude ….factually based or not .

          • Cappy Tally

            It’s a silly reason to hate a movie.

          • Simon Allen

            I have many reasons for hating it but i’m not going to waste your and my time by listing them ….i am allowed to hate something you know and it doesn’t mean i need everyone else to hate it
            I’m not a fascist, i’m just expressing an opinion .

          • Cappy Tally

            That’s fine, but the reason I mentioned is still really silly.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Yup.

            Ironically a very hipster thing to do – not like something based on the popular “all-opinions-created-equal” bullshit”, and to then label others as such.

          • Härra Pärnits

            what a hipster lol

          • Simon Allen

            Joining the baying crowd with flaming torches ?

          • PsychoMantis18

            Opinions are a waste of time if you can’t form a semi-coherent argument.

          • Simon Allen

            I’m not here to argue …. i was originally here to agree with Pedro .

          • PsychoMantis18

            I didn’t make a personal attack, but you did with your hipster comment, which, by the way, is no issue. Just don’t bitch and play victim when you get called out on it; it’s very unattractive.

      • Mehliens

        That was a very hipster thing to say 😉

        • Simon Allen

          I know i have a beard but ……..lol

          • Mehliens

            As did the goat. Coincidence?

          • Simon Allen

            Hey ….now you’ve hurt my feelings :-(.

        • PsychoMantis18

          Yup

      • Ima Badlady

        I enjoyed the Witch before it was deemed overrated ;p

        • Simon Allen

          Sorry i didnt mean to take anything away from you Miss Badlady .

      • PsychoMantis18

        Actually, as you’ve indicated, it was a horror that hipsters didn’t get.

        • Simon Allen

          Give it a rest .

          • PsychoMantis18

            Wha? Pointing out your stupid comments? Nah.

          • Meisha’s Taint

            It’s a hipster thing. You wouldn’t understand

      • Meisha’s Taint

        I don’t think you know what a hipster is there Simon…….

      • I only liked the main girl and the last ten minutes.

    • Cappy Tally

      I strongly disagree. It’s loaded with atmosphere, the performances are excellent, the production design is a marvel to behold, and it’s extremely well written such that every scene is moving the film forward.

      • Mehliens

        DIS

    • Lovable Winners

      its an ok movie,just the ending was lame and very stupid.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Why was the ending lame and very stupid?

        • Lovable Winners

          witches dancing around a bonfire and then flying?
          it would be way better if ended with her just entering the woods.

          • Mehliens

            That was a great ending. Since The Witch actually uses tons of metaphors the ending needed to come to a metaphoric conclusion as well. I loved the dark minimalism and mythic ambience

          • Lovable Winners

            metaphor foi feminine sexual freedom?
            that’s just stupid dude,I’m sorry,but it was very ‘graphical’ for such a dark movie.

          • Mehliens

            Whats stupid about it?

          • Lovable Winners

            cliche.

          • Mehliens

            I doubt you really understand what a cliche is. A cliche in terms of cinema is a lazy way to convey the lowest common denominator a character or story element can have. Like the hero who’s parents were killed, the hot girl as the love interest that needs to be saved, the nerd who knows computers and so on. With Thomasin we are not presented with a harry potter like figure who is ‘the chosen’ / with a mysterious past etc. THAT is a cliche because it relies on you accepting a lame stereotype dumbing things down just so the writers dont have to come up with a original theme and explanation. The Witch is the opposite of that. It tells a story of ambiguous morality, a dark fairytale that twists the notion of the innocent being triumphant. It cleverly blurs the line with each scene progressing. The finale of the film is the right conclusion and since it doesn’t set you up with stereotypes you cannot in all seriousness call it a cliche. You seem to totally miss the beauty of how tightly this film was conceptualized which required expert level directional craftsmanship to execute.

          • Lovable Winners

            ‘With Thomasin we are not presented with a harry potter like figure who is ‘the chosen’ / with a mysterious past etc.’

            But that’s exactly what she is…

          • PsychoMantis18

            Wow, now that would be both an incredibly stupid and lame way to end the film.

            The movie slowly builds to its supernatural finale and her entering the woods would be underwhelming and anti-climatic.

            The ending not only works on a cinematic level as a poetic sign-off but completes her character arc as she goes from innocence to witch – without it, the movie wouldn’t work, and we’d also lose her harrowing cry/laugh as she ascends into the night-sky.

          • Lovable Winners

            indeed it would be anti-climatic,but the actual ending just gave away that the coven and the legend was real,and idk,that felt disappointing to me and others that liked the whole ‘is she really destined to become a witch or she’s just losing her mind?’.
            her entering the woods naked and covered in her family blood would left this huge question mark,and even leave space to a sequel.

          • PsychoMantis18

            The emotional arc and purpose of the film reveals itself as Thomasin’s journey – a question mark would undermine the whole film and be useless both narratively and cinematically.

            Which brings me to your notion for a sequel – fucking WHA?! A sequel to The Witch would be even less necessary than they usually are as it is a self-contained tale.

            Clearly you did not get this film. Feel free to not like it, but your reasons as to why are as ludicrous as someone suggesting that Taxi Driver should’ve finished 20mins earlier to leave a “question mark” that would only go on to be answered in a useless sequel with nothing to say other than what it already should’ve.

          • Lovable Winners

            yeah,I’m stupid and didn’t get the movie message,and the scene with naked women flying was perfect.

          • PsychoMantis18

            There ya go, thanks.

          • Lirabelle

            I don’t know, I’d love a sequel that has nothing to do with the cast from the first movie buts acts as another story from the same time period also dealing with witches.

            Or maybe it’s just that I want another period piece from Eggers. That’s probably it.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Well lucky us, seems like we’re getting one.

          • Cappy Tally

            I don’t get this shit. How was it ambiguous for you? In the beginning of the film we saw the witch without any other characters nearby to witness it. There was nothing to indicate that the girl was losing her mind. Her family members were, for the most part, as they became more and more paranoid about Thomasin, but never did we see that the foundation of their paranoia was untrue, that there was indeed a witch attacking them.

          • Lovable Winners

            Just because no one saw the witch it means she was real?

          • Cappy Tally

            WE saw the witch. When no one else did. When you try to implicate that there’s a possibility the characters were just going crazy and that there may not have been a witch, you have to explain how we, the audience, were able to see the witch without any other characters present. To support the theory of ambiguity, we’d have to know that the witch was being perceived by one of the other characters, because only then could we doubt what we were seeing. In other words, if another character was watching what happened, the theory that “they were hallucinating that scene” would have held a bit more water. But because none of the characters were around to perceive those events, we’re left with nothing less than absolute certainty that there is in fact a witch.

            How can you put forth the possibility that the characters were merely imagining a witch when we saw a scene where there were no other characters present to imagine her?

          • Lovable Winners

            maybe I thought that because there is no witches in the real world and the movie depicted a legend,that used to represent something religious people from back then couldn’t explain.just maybe.

            by the end we know the coven was real,but the ambiguity existed,the family was a mess even before the witch appeared.

          • Cappy Tally

            Saying “there are no witches in the real world” is sufficient justification to believe that the film was ambiguous is just plain fucking silly. There are no zombies in the real world either, does that mean “Night of the Living Dead” is ambiguous too?

          • Mehliens

            NAILED

    • PsychoMantis18

      Simple-things for simple-people.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      The Witch never got even close to enough press or hype to warrant such a silly statement.

    • Lirabelle

      I’m pretty sure that title stills belongs to Avatar.

  • lion7718

    At least we won’t have to worry about him sparkling 😉

    • J Jett

      or speaking (if it’s a silent film!)….just kidding. 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        I’d love to see a sparkly vampire !!!! LOL

    • Saturn
    • Dr. Decker

      srsly. hey hollywood, vampires sparkle. get yer facts right.
      i wonder what position nosferatu will play on the high school baseball team.
      with those nails i’m thinking maybe shortstop. idk.

  • J Jett

    Nosferatu and SALEM LOT’s Barlow (nearly identical i admit) are the 2 most scary/horrific looking vampires ever. the vamps in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT were also awesome and scary looking. i look forward to this new movie from Eggers. i guess i should check out THE WITCH.

    • Mehliens

      Pretty sure you will like it!

    • diapers

      I loved it. Creepy as hell very slow burn.

    • PsychoMantis18

      You absolutely should check it out – one of the best horrors ever made.

      • Creepshow

        First half of your statement…yes.
        Second half of your statement…not really. The Witch was a decent flick, but it’s not a film for everyone.

        • PsychoMantis18

          Didn’t say it was for everyone, said it was one of the best horrors ever made, and I stand by that.

          • Creepshow

            You also said the same thing about “Death Proof” right? No disrespect, I’m using trying to gauge your flavor of enjoyment.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Fuck yeahs I do. But while I consider Death Proof a horror-film, and a film I enjoy more, I wouldn’t label it a modern classic of the genre as I would The Witch; more of an incredibly awesome throwback.

            And you should know, Creepshow, that you need not show me any respect whatsoever.

          • Creepshow

            You’re a shameless glutton for abuse. See…I can respect that. We have butted heads in the past, but somehow learned to get along. Go figure.

          • Mehliens

            Same here. Interesting how things turn around huh sometimes

          • Creepshow

            Amazing things can happen, when people don’t take things that serious, and have a sense of humor.

          • PsychoMantis18

            This is true love; the painful, homoerotic, multi-fluid kind; the best kind.

    • Alanmac

      Would LOVE to see a Salem’s Lot remake one day!!!!! That film definitely deserves an update!

  • BrokenPhono

    I am currently making a hand-animated version of Nosferatu. I have been working on it for 6 years. I expect it to be done within the next two.
    I haven’t any “kick starter”, or backing, or funding. Having spent so much effort on this project, I wonder if anybody even cares, or will care now that there are currently 2 remakes in the works. I am about 75% done.
    What do you guys think?

    • Mehliens

      Keep up the good work and good luck with its release once you are finished

    • Saturn

      You been working on it for 6 years? And will take another 2?
      Dude, that is commitment.
      RESPECT IS DUE.
      Keep it up – and GOOD LUCK.

    • Andrew Lyall

      Abso-fucking-lutely. It will have a completely different feel and look to the movies being discussed. Definitely carry! No question!

    • Ima Badlady

      You had me at hand-animated.

    • Zac Eglinton

      Is there any twitter or facebook page? I’d like to follow along and keep tabs on it so I can see how it turned out!

    • diapers

      What do I think? I think you are a goddamn FREAK! In the best sense of the word. What type of publicity, if any, are you going to try and push? Or are you even concerned with such things? I spent two nights trying to do stop animation with a super 8 cam and a clutch of pez dispensers. It was a nightmare, and we smoked far to much weed. Hats off to you!

  • Graham

    I think Robert Eggers can do this justice. It seems like a remake for the right reasons – he’s genuinely passionate about the source material, and wants to do it justice. Plus, he proved with The Witch that he knows his way around atmospheric horror, so I’m really excited for this!

  • PsychoMantis18

    Not a big remake guy but The Witch was absolutely brilliant and I like the way this guy thinks – very excited.

  • tyler

    The Witch was pretty boring and bland to me so not too excited for this.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    “anyone looking for something deeper than cheap jump scares”

    You mean like Blair Witch ?

  • Sweet! I loved ‘The Witch’ and I can’t wait to see how he approaches ‘Nosferatu’.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    If anyone else was doing it I would say hell no but this just officially became my favorite remake in the works! The Witch is still making my skin crawl

    • Harley Mitchel Dirk

      What, no excitement for The Blob? Haha. How about Momento?

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Nosferatu, though that’s a mistake I hope to correct in the near future. Plus with The Witch being my favorite film of the year (so far) I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Robert Eggers cane bring to the table here.

    • Satanzilla

      I know this will be seen as blasphemous but I find the original to be something of a bore. I really prefer the Werner Herzog remake.

    • Evan3

      As good as the Herzog version is, definitely check out the original black and white one. It will drop your jaw (and then drink your blood).

  • Alanmac

    Oh wow if anyone was gonna remake Nosferatu they could NOT have chosen better!!!!

  • This. Is. Crap.

  • Modok

    If I ever wanted to watch a Nosferatu remake, he’d be the guy for the job. But I wish he were doing something original. Nosferatu doesn’t need a re-make, and while it was truly ground-breaking for its time, 90 years later we’ve essentially seen the same vampire story a thousand times. Oh well. I’m sure it’ll at least be well-made.

  • Darkhearst

    Normally I wouldn’t be excited about a Nosferatu remake, but this sounds like it has potential. Check out the film “Shadow of the Vampire” with Willem Dafoe. Not quite a remake, but a great movie.

  • THGrimm

    This shall be incredible! Even for anyone that didn’t like The Witch (I absolutely loved it) because of story, they have to admit that as far as art direction alone and authenticity it’s amazing Robert will take on Nosferatu. This could be a modern epic. How great he’s always loved this film; good for him getting to do it.

  • Mike Wallace

    I love it!

  • Matthew James Demon Pentycofe

    So this would be the 2nd Nosferatu remake? Nosferatu the Vampyre came out in 1979 is that not basically the remake of the original 1922 film???

  • Evan3

    With all due respect to Eggers… why not make the movie your 17-year-old self wants to make? Seriously, we have two jaw-dropping, incredibly successful versions of 18th Century German Nosferatu. It’s rare when the original and almost exact replica remake are both beloved and successful. We simply don’t need another spin at LITERALLY the exact same thing. I’d much prefer the Sin City by way of Sellick/Burton version than the one he seems hellbent on getting us.

  • Christina

    Just saw a picture yesterday of Neil Patrick Harris dressed as they put it in Count Orlok’s sea disguise. I wonder……..

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