The Witch and The Lighthouse filmmaker Robert Eggers, whose new Viking revenge movie The Northman is releasing this year, has been attached to direct a new take on the classic horror movie Nosferatu for a while now. In fact, it was announced all the way back in 2017 that Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, The Northman) would be starring in that upcoming movie.
Today brings the latest update on the Robert Eggers Nosferatu project, with The New Yorker revealing in a profile piece on Eggers that production on the film was recently halted.
The New Yorker writes, “Eggers was supposed to be in Prague. The previous week, he had been scheduled to move there to begin preparing a remake of Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau’s silent vampire film, from 1922. The new version featured Taylor-Joy, who also starred in The Witch, and Harry Styles. But, at the last minute, Styles pulled out, citing scheduling concerns. Jarin Blaschke, Eggers’s cinematographer, had already enrolled his daughter in school in Prague.”
The article isn’t clear on precisely when Nosferatu was to begin filming or what the current state of the production is, but it does seem to suggest there has at least been a delay.
Previously, we had never heard of Harry Styles being attached to the film.
Stay tuned for more as we learn it.
Eggers mused about Nosferatu with Bloody Disgusting back in 2019, “I mean, that movie [Nosferatu] is really important to me for many reasons, but I think Nosferatu is closer to the folk vampire. The vampire played by Max Schreck is a combination of the folk vampire, of the literary vampire that actually has its roots in England before Germany, and also [has roots in] Albin Grau, the producer/production designer’s occultist theories on vampires. So he’s not a traditional folk vampire but it’s much closer to that than Stoker, even though obviously Stoker is using a lot of folklore that he’s researched to create his vampire. But Dracula is finally much more an extension of the literary vampire that was started by John Polidori, based on Byron.”
The 1922 silent movie followed the vampire Count Orlok, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored with the real-estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake.