Instruktøren af den roste The Witch, Robert Eggers, har sagt ja til at lave en genindspilning af den klassiske vampyrfilm Nosferatu.

The Witch blev lavet for kun $3 millioner, men den har pt. tjent $25 millioner i USA alene. Robert Eggers både skrev og instruerede filmen, der var hans spillefilmsdebut.

Indiewire har talt med Eggers om hans næste projekt, der bliver genindspilningen af vampyrfilmen Nosferatu fra 1922:

“It’s shocking to me. It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”

Fan af Nosferatu siden barn

Han er selv fan af den originale, og da han som barn ikke var til 80’er gyserfilm som fx Nightmare on Elm Street, blev han betaget af de klassiske film:

“I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book in my elementary school and I lost my mind.”

Max Schreck i “Nosferatu”

Max Schreck i “Nosferatu”

Han fik derfor sin mor til at køre ham til et indkøbscenter, hvor han kunne bestille Nosferatu (1922) på VHS.

“Then, when I was 17, I directed the senior play [of] ‘Nosferatu. It was very expressionist, it was much more expressionist than the film is. It was Cabinet of Dr. Caligari style [German Expressionistic].”

En lokal teaterejer så teaterstykket på Eggers’ high school og ansatte derefter teenageren til at lave en professionel version på hans eget teater.

“That’s when I realized this is what I want to be doing. 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.”

Robert Eggers skriver selv manuskriptet og planlægger at genskabe en autentisk verden, der foregår i 1830. I forhold til titelkarakteren siger han følgende:

“I can’t also do Max Schreck again either, so that’s fun, so it’s going back to the origins of the folk vampire.”

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