The Witch breakout Robert Eggers is reteaming with leading genre production company A24 for The Lighthouse, a fantasy horror film that Eggers wrote and directed. Filming has wrapped on Eggers’ hotly anticipated followup to The Witch, which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson and was shot on 35mm black and white stock.
The film is about an aging lighthouse keeper, named Old. It takes place in Nova Scotia in 1890.
Relaying an interview Dafoe and Pattinson just did on the film for Interview Magazine, Indiewire lets us know this week that The Lighthouse is wrapped and ready for 2019 release.
“That’s the closest I’ve come to punching a director,” Pattinson told Interview Magazine, he and Dafoe relaying how torturous the shoot got at times. “However much I love Robert [Eggers], there was a point where I did five takes walking across the beach, and after a while I was like, ‘What the fuck is going on? I feel like you’re just spraying a fire hose in my face.’ And he was like, ‘I am spraying a fire hose in your face.’ It was like some kind of torture. It definitely creates an interesting energy.”
Dafoe added, “It’s funny, because when [Robert Pattinson] and I shot The Lighthouse together, the conditions were so harsh that we hardly talked outside of scenes.”