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.
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.