David Slade is jumping back into the genre as director for the upcoming film The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
David Slade, who directed vampires in 30 Days of Night and Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is in talks to tackle the blood-sucking genre again with Phoenix Pictures’ long-in-the-works horror movie.
Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are reportedly already attached to star as supporting characters while the Phoenix Pictures’ producers are still looking for someone to star in the leading role. Bragi Schut wrote the script for the film.
Set during Bram Stoker‘s original “Dracula,” the script centers on the Russian ship Demeter that shipping the vampire from Transylvania. In the original text, the vessel arrives in North Yorkshire, England minus all but one of its crew. Tied to his wheel, the dead captain remains onboard. Captain’s log is detailing the mysterious loss of all his men.
In the scribe, screenwriter Bragi Schut is said to take an approach similar to Ridley Scott‘s original Alien, telling the story from the point of view of the crew and treating the vampire as Scott did the sci-fi horror.
The project has over the years attracted such directors as Robert Schwentke and Marcus Nispel. Stefan Ruzowitzky was involved but last month decided to work on the just announced drama Blackbird, starring Eric Bana and Oliva Wilde.
Demeter hasn’t left port just yet. The project is in the middle of securing financing. No official “start up” date but hopefully it will set sail shortly.
Death Ship: The Last Voyage of the Demeter