Director Robert Eggers' highly anticipated horror film, The Witch, is about to haunt audiences tomorrow, and so the obvious question being asked of the New Hampshire filmmaker is where his next project will emerge from.
We previously reported that Eggers would be tackling a careful remake of F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire film, Nosferatu, a movie which has alarmed and obsessed the director for decades. The publicity doused on The Witch and his coveted Best Director prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival put Eggers in the spotlight, and his decision may have been premature. It now appears that Eggers may be backing off that remake for the immediate future and rethinking his strategy while satiating his creativity with Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 on a medieval knight epic called The Knight, as reported on his official site.
Our friends at Collider caught up with Eggers during a recent press tour, where he candidly announced intentions to sidestep the vampire project.
“Well, it’s actually not what I’m doing next. I think it seems very disgusting and presumptuous and megalomaniacal and offensive for someone in my position to say they want to do Nosferatu next, so I think that’s why it hit the trades in a big way. I still might do it, but not next. It’s a masterpiece and it really doesn’t objectively need to be done, but I’ve been obsessed with that film since I was a little kid. But, you know, Peter Jackson was obsessed with King Kong and we saw how that turned out. [Laughs]”
Collider also inquired if he'd ever considered doing Nosferatu as a silent film, like the original:
“When I was 17 I would have wanted to have done that. I don’t mean to be saying, ‘It’s an immature idea’ or something, but I think that I love silent film and I think in The Witch you can see that in some places, in the places where there’s no diegetic sound and it’s just music and image, and I get the power of that but I think that if you want to watch a silent film of Nosferatu, [F.W.] Murnau already made a great one.”
While Nosferatu may still be on Eggers' plate as a passion project in the future, whatever he aims his camera at next will be anxiously anticipated. Are you glad the 1922 classic may not be resurrected, or were you hoping to see Count Orlok stalking his victims on the silver screen again?