With David Slade officially off the project, director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) is now attached to helm The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Neil Marshall, the noted horror filmmaker behind The Descent, is attached to direct the long-gestating Demeter, which is being set up at Millennium Films.” Jude Law, Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace had all been previously rumored to star in the project – but it looks like they’re starting over with a clean slate.
The story, penned by Bragi Schut Jr., is based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” describing the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that has crashed into the rocks at Whitby with no crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear.
“Demeter” is the name of the ship that carried Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England in Bram Stoker’s classic tale.