“Nosferatu” – what do we know about Robert Eggers’ new project?
The first information that Eggers plans to make a new version of FW Murnau’s silent masterpiece appeared in mid-2015. “Nosferatu – Symphony of Horror” is a classic of German expressionism, inspired by Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Originally, Harry Styles and Anya Taylor-Joy were slated to play the main roles in the remake, who worked with Eggers on his debut “The Witch” as well as this year’s “Viking.” The director, together with cinematographer Jarin Blaschke, moved to Prague, where the pictures for the new film were to be taken. The departure of the methods combined with the problems of closing the budget led to a halt in work on the project. However, when Focus features were involved in the implementation, Eggers was able to revive the project.
The creator of “The Witch. Fairy Tales of New England” was a fan of Murnau since childhood. I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlock in the book while I was still in elementary school and it drove me crazy. The director revealed that the photo piqued his interest so much that he forced his mother to take it to a local supermarket somewhere in New Hampshire, where he planned to get a copy of the movie on VHS tape. At the age of seventeen Eggers directed the stage version of “Nosferrato” in the expressive style of “Dr. Caligari’s Office” at school.
Nosferatu is a gothic love story set in 19th century Germany. The title character is an old Transylvanian vampire (Skarsgård), who falls in love with the fiancée (Depp) of a real estate agent.
Skarsgard recently starred in the critically acclaimed horror movie ‘Barbarian’. We’ll see him next year in the fourth installment of the John Wick series. Depp recently starred opposite Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd on the HBO series “Idol”.
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