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Another day, another remake. This time they're digging deep and remaking a horror classic from the early years of cinema. Deadline reports that Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 will be remaking F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent film masterpiece Nosferatu, and they've found a director who wants to bring back Dracula once again. The studio is bringing on filmmaker Robert Eggers, a writer turned director who broke out earlier this year with The Witch at the Sundance Film Festival (still yet to be released by A24). Eggers will write & direct the new Nosferatu, a fitting follow-up to The Witch and another chance for Eggers to show how talented he is. The original 1922 Nosferatu is considered one of the great horror classics. The silent masterpiece tells the story of the vampire Nosferatu who falls for a woman. This new take is being produced by Jay Van Hoy & Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor, »
- Alex Billington
Released in 1922, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror was an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with Max Schreck starring as the hideous Count Orlock. The film was previously remade in 1979, with Wener Herzog directing and Klaus Kinski starring in the lead role.
- Gary Collinson
Another remake is on the way, but this doesn’t sound resoundingly awful.
Deadline is reporting that Robert Eggers, writer and director of the festival favorite The Witch, is being tagged to direct a remake of the classic F.W. Murnau silent film, Nosferatu. The film has been remade once in 1979 by Werner Herzog.
According to Deadline, “this will be a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film masterpiece that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen.” They added that Eggers is also set to write and direct The Knight for Studio 8 so it seems like he is developing a solid relationship with the studio.
The Witch was a hit when it premiered at Sundance, but it doesn’t seem like the film will get a wide release until next year. This news also comes a few weeks after the original film’s director, F.W. Murnau, »
- Zach Dennis
If you thought being a classic rendition of a famous monster made you immune to the remake machine, think again! Because filmmaker Robert Eggers is aboard to write and direct a new take on the haunting, long-fingered vampire seen in F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film Nosferatu.Former Warner Bros. man Jeff Robinov is developing the idea for a new, untitled take on the character and the film’s concept at his Studio 8 production company. According to Deadline, the new movie will be a “visceral” adaptation of the original, which saw the Eastern European creature stalk his prey and deal badly with the dawn.Eggers, who has switched from costume and production design to directing for The Witch, scored the directing prize for the film at this year’s Sundance festival. It doesn’t have a release date set yet, but has certainly become a selling point for Eggers, who »
When it is announced that classic films are going to be remade, a ripple of disgust often soon follows from purists. This can sometimes be understandable. But it shouldn.t be the case with the news that Nosferatu is going to get redone, since the original seminal expressionist horror flick is now over 93-years-old, and its impending face-lift should instead leave movie fans purring with excitement. Variety have reported that Robert Eggers has been brought onboard by Studio 8 to write and direct their remake of the 1922 horror film, which, at this point in time, still remains untitled. Eggers will be joined on the production by Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, who will produce Nosferatu through their Parts and Labor label. Rather than being a direct remake of the original Nosferatu , though, Robert Eggers and Studio 8.s version will instead just be based on it. F.W. Murnau.s 1922 film »
I am not categorically opposed to remakes, though I loathe it when a "perfect" film is cynically exploited just to capitalize on the title. A film like "The Exorcist" should never be remade, for example. Neither should "Alien." I would hope that both of those titles are untouchable, but then again... But sometimes, if there's an interesting take and a talented director attached, a remake can feel almost necessary. Such is the case with this newly-announced update of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic "Nosferatu," which is being helmed by Robert Eggers, who wrote and directed the acclaimed, reportedly terrifying period horror film "The Witch," which netted Eggers the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at this year's Sundance Film Festival (it's expected to be released sometime this year). Deadline describes the project as a "visceral adaptation" of Murnau's film, which was previously remade by Werner Herzog as "Nosferatu the Vampyre, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Production designer-turned-director Robert Eggers, whose tremendous debut The Witch premiered at Sundance in January, will craft a new symphony of horror in a remake of F.W. Murnau’s landmark silent film Nosferatu. Remade in 1979 by film legend Werner Herzog, Nosferatu was German director Murnau’s unofficial adaptation of the Dracula tale. In fact, Prana Film, the studio behind Nosferatu was sued for…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Variety reports that Robert Eggers—writer and director of this year's Sundance hit The Witch—is set to pen and helm the remake of Nosferatu, one of the most highly regarded horror films in history that's still effectively eerie to this day. The remake is currently untitled. Producing the Studio 8 project are Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor.
Based in part on Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu debuted in 1922 and centered on the night-stalking Count Orlok and his unfortunate victims. In 1979, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre—an homage to Murnau's masterpiece—was released.
For those unfamiliar with the original Nosferatu film, we have its synopsis and Blu-ray trailer below. »
- Derek Anderson
The film is currently untitled and will be based on F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film, which followed the vampire Count Orlok of Transylvania, who wants to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored of the real-estate agent’s wife. It was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog directed a 1979 remake.
Eggers has already signed a deal with Studio 8 and is attached to direct “The Knight” for the studio.
Eggers, Van Hoy and Knudsen are repped by Wme.
- Justin Kroll
Studio 8 is pressing ahead with an untitled vampire horror pic that will serve as an update of the classic 1922 Nosferatu, having tapped The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers to take the reins on the project.
Eggers, who won the directing prize at Sundance this year for his period chiller The Witch, will both write and direct the “visceral” remake of F.W. Murnau’s influential silent film about the titular vampire rife throughout Eastern European folklore.
Vampires have been a staple of big screen horror lately, between action-oriented reimaginings of the Count Dracula legend (Dracula Untold) and innovative, genre-blending stories about bloodsuckers (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, What We Do in the Shadows). With remakes as bankable as ever, it makes depressing sense that an old relic like Nosferatu would get a dusting-off sooner or later.
Luckily, it could be worse – Eggers drew particular praise for »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has set up an untitled film that is a remake of Nosferatu, with Robert Eggers aboard to write and direct the classic that is based on the Dracula mythology. Eggers won the directing prize at Sundance for The Witch. This will be a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film masterpiece that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen. Jay Van Hoy & Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor will produce, and… »
Eggers, who won the directing prize at Sundace for "The Witch," will helm what's being called a more "visceral adaptation" of the classic. Jeff Robinov, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen are expected to produce.
Eggers is also closing a separate deal with Studio 8 to write and direct the medieval film "The Knight".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and every moment must be felt for us to truly know it happened. We take a look at some of the upcoming prequels, such as the Han Solo solo film that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing, and why it may not be entirely necessary to have these films that focus on the details of characters that we learned to love without much explanation.
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- Zach Dennis
F.W. Murnau, the influential German director of the silent film era, is improbably back in the news again. His grave, located outside of Berlin, has been tampered with on several occasions since his untimely death in a car crash in 1931 at age 42. However, this time robbers have succeeded in absconding with the head of the deceased director. German police are looking into the possibility that the grave robbery may have been part of an occult ritual, given certain evidence found at the scene. Although Murnau's achievements in filmmaking are among the most consequential of all time and span a wide range of subject matters, he is most widely known for his adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula". Murnau's film "Nosferatu" was released in 1922 and remains perhaps the most definitive and frightening version of the tale. At the time he was sued by Stoker's widow for not getting authorization for the film from Stoker's estate. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
In a bizarre development straight out of a horror classic, Germany reports that "Nosferatu" director F.W. Murnau's embalmed head has been snatched in a chilling grave-robbing heist. The hair-raising incident occurred within Murnau's family cemetery plot, just 12 miles west of Berlin in Stahnsdorf, Germany. Though Murnau was killed in a car accident in 1931 Santa Barbara, California, his body was buried in his native country shortly. According to Der Spiegel, this is not the first time his grave has been disturbed. Whether there was a larger, grander "occult" motive at play (wax residue was found near the gravesite), remains to be seen. His brother's nearby graves, however, remain perfectly intact. Another notorious celebrity grave robbery occurred in 1978, when two mechanics chasing a ransom from Charlie Chaplin's widow purloined his body -- but were quickly arrested. »
- Ruben Guevara
German news outlets are reporting that grave robbers located the grave of "Nosferatu" director Fw Murnau, dug up his metal coffin and then stole the head of the filmmaker. Investigators believe the crime was a ritual or occult-related, as wax residue was found at the site. However, conclusive evidence has not yet been discovered, and the act may have been committed as a prank. Murnau's "Nosferatu" is a silent vampire movie, considered one of the scariest horror films of all time. It was released in 1922 and is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" novel. Murnau also directed "Sunrise," which earned him several Oscars at the first Academy Awards. He died in 1931 in a car crash near Santa Barbara at the age of 42. Despite dying in California, he was buried in his native Germany, at a family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf that's about 12 miles from central Berlin. »
Murnau died in 1931 in a car crash with his body buried in his family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany. Today, it seems grave robbers opened his metal coffin to access his body, but left the nearby graves of his two brothers undisturbed. Wax residue at the scene has been suggested to be a possible occult connection.
"Nosferatu," released in 1922, was silent vampire movie and unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula". It remains one of the most famous early cinematic works ever made and was the subject of its own film in 2000's "Shadow of the Vampire" which starred John Malkovich as Murnau.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
German news outlets are reporting that the head of “Nosferatu” director F.W. Murnau has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany. The filmmaker of the early silent vampire movie, recognized as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, died in 1931.
In a story reminiscent of one of his own movies, grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body, said the newspaper. Stahnsdorf is about 12 miles southwest of central Berlin. The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed. Spiegel Online said some wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.
Released in 1922, “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Murnau worked in Hollywood for several years, directing “Sunrise,” which won several Oscars at the first Academy Awards. He died in a car crash near Santa Barbara but »
- Pat Saperstein
Arrow Films & Video have announced its line-up of new Blu-ray releases for October 2015, and once again there are some gems in the list. Chief amongst them are Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films in a limited-edition “Scarlet Box”, and a remastered box-set of films directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida.
You can check out the full list of films and their special features below, as well as the release dates of the Blu-ray’s with some available in both the UK and Us.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty »
- Scott J. Davis
Christopher Lee dies aged 93
ObituaryA career in clips
Christopher Lee’s initial appearance in Dracula, in 1958, was a shock. Before that moment, the fabled vampire was more associated with Max Schreck’s demonic Nosferatu from the classic German silent picture — a pale creature closer to Gollum from today’s Tolkien movies. The vampire was something stunted, bestial, insidious.
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- Peter Bradshaw
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