Last summer, six months after the buzz surrounding “The Witch” first got started at the Sundance Film Festival, director Robert Eggers lined up a remake of the horror classic “Nosferatu.” However, he has made it clear he wants to get a bit more experience under his belt before he makes that leap.
“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,” he told Collider. “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]” So what is next? A couple things.
First, the director told Movies.com that he’s “working on a medieval knight epic right now,” which is likely “The Knight,” which he’s attached to direct for Studio 8, along with “Nosferatu.” But following this weekend’s success with “The Witch,” which earned A24’s biggest opening weekend ever, it seems he’s an even hotter ticket.
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Deadline reports that Eggers will write and direct a miniseries about Rasputin. Across six to eight episodes, the show will cover the rise and fall of the famed Russian mystic, who earned many enemies as he gained popularity, with his life coming to an end when he was assassinated at the age of 47.
Media Rights Capital are behind the project, and it will likely spark some major interest when it goes out to the networks and streaming sites for consideration. And as for Eggers, his star continues to rise, and it’s good to know his genre voice won’t have any shortage of projects with which to develop.