The Nosferatu project Robert Eggers once labelled as cursed has taken a large stride towards completion.
Robert Eggers has been set on remaking the classic vampire tale Nosferatu for a long time now and by the director’s own admission, things have not always gone to plan. In fact, just over a year ago Eggers questioned if the project was doomed and if he was being cursed by the ghost of FW Murnau, the original film’s director.
Still, Eggers’ most recent film, The Northman, saw the filmmaker work with a larger studio budget, earning a solid commercial performance and lots of critical praise. Whether that was the propulsive force in getting Nosferatu up and running again, we don’t know, but the film finally went into production in March, this time with a rather exciting ensemble of Lily-Rose Depp, Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Willem Dafoe and Bill Skarsgard headlining.
Oh, and Ralph Ineson is returning to work with Eggers again so hooray for that. Focus Features is backing the project.
Despite feeling like things were doomed at one point, a three-month production stint has now wrapped on the film, with The Prague Reporter (via Collider,) stating that local crew members say they considered the production a “complex and unconventional shoot” but were “proud to be part of” it.
Location shooting reportedly took place in Prague’s historic Invalidovna complex, which boasts an 18th-century Baroque design and has operated as a military hospital for two centuries.
The original classic horror movie tells the tale of Count Orlok, as he preys on the wife of the estate agent sent to his castle. The remake is set to tell ‘a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman in 19th century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him.’
Of course, the original film is a considered a masterpiece of the German Expressionism movement, but according to reports, Eggers is eschewing the black and white and heavy use of angles, high contrast and shadows in favour of colour and an aesthetic inspired by 19th century Romanticism. We can’t wait. Well, we can, but we don’t want to. The film is set to release sometime in 2024.
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