André Øvredal in talks to helm Dracula movie The Last Voyage of the Demeter
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal is currently in negotiations to helm the long-in-development horror thriller film The Last Voyage of the Demeter which will now be produced by Amblin Partners.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter will be set in the midst of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, focusing on the ship the Demeter, which transported Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to London only to arrive at port with no survivors aboard. Originally written in 2002 by screenwriter Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch), the film will tell the story of that journey, in which the crew is slaughtered one by one by a mysterious passenger.
The film will be produced by Bradley Fischer, Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer. The project has been in development since 2002 with a number of filmmakers previously attached to helm the horror film including Game of Thrones‘ Neil Marshall and 30 Days of Night‘s David Slade.
André Øvredal is best known for his feature directorial debut film Trollhunter and the 2016 supernatural horror film The Autopsy of Jane Doe. His most recent work was on Guillermo del Toro’s live-action adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The Last Voyage of the Demeter will be part of the Norwegian director’s upcoming projects including the fantasy adventure film Mortal starring Nat Wolff and Stephen King’s The Long Walk film adaptation.