Sometimes in life, you just win. The stars align, your hard work pays off, and suddenly you're face-to-face with a dream come true. That's how Robert Eggers seems to feel about his next project, a remake of Nosferatu. The Witch director took some time to chat with Indie Wire recently, where he gushed about how his next movie came together.
"[It’s shocking] to me,” Eggers told IW. “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."
The Witch reportedly cost a mere $3 million to make, and ended up making $40.4 million worldwide while also notching a stellar 91% on Rotten Tomatoes- a rare feat for horror films. So when you have a film that sees that kind of success, great opportunities are bound to land on your lap.
"I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book in my elementary school and I lost my mind," said of his first encounter with Nosferatu. That moment sparked a lifelong fandom for Eggers, who grew up on classic black and white horror films. "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."
His work on the high school production actually led to his first serious gig, which was re-staging a professional production of the play. "That’s when I realized this is what I want to be doing," said of that seminal moment.
And now Nosferatu is responsible for another seminal moment in his life, as he prepares to remake the film for modern audiences.
Eggers offered insight into how he's going to approach the film. "‘Nosferatu’ has a very close, magical connection for me," Eggers shared. "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."
As for the infamous Count Orlok, Eggers says he doesn't plan on simply recreating Shreck's interpretation. "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," he revealed.
Overall, while I can't say the world needs another vampire movie- or another update on this 1922 classic- I can definitely say that it sounds like Eggers is the perfect man to tackle Nosferatu.