'The Last Voyage of the Demeter'

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'The Last Voyage of the Demeter'

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:50 pm

VARIETY APRIL 30, 2009:
Director in talks to join 'Demeter' for Phoenix
Dave McNary wrote:Director Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th”) is in talks to board “The Last Voyage of Demeter” for Phoenix Pictures with Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and Brad Fischer producing.

Story, penned by Bragi Schut Jr., is based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” describing the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that has crashed into the rocks at Whitby with no crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear.

Chris Bender and JC Spink are exec producing. Robert Schwentke had previously been attached to direct.

Fischer told Daily Variety he’s aiming to begin production this year.

Phoenix is in post-production on the Martin Scorsese-directed Leonardo DiCaprio starrer “Shutter Island” for Paramount and “Shanghai” for the Weinstein Co. The banner recently announced it’s teamed with Robert Chartoff and helmer Roger Donaldson for a feature adaptation of Seymour Reit book “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa.”



THR, FEBRUARY 11, 2011:
'Eclipse' Helmer David Slade Boards Vampire Horror Pic 'Last Voyage of the Demeter' (Exclusive)
Borys Kit wrote:BERLIN -- The Last Voyage of the Demeter may be getting ready to finally set sail.

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 period horror movie.

The lead role is not cast but Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star. Phoenix is in active talks with actors for the lead role.

Producing Demeter are Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer, who have made habit of incubating and sticking with projects for lengthy periods. (Phoenix took almost as long to get Oscar best picture contender Black Swan made.)

Demeter was the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic tale. In that novel, it washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving mad survivor.

Written a decade ago by Bragi Schut, the script places the voyage center stage in a tale that is reminiscent of the first movie in the Alien franchise, in which a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.

The project has over the years attracted such directors as Robert Schwentke and Marcus Nispel. Stefan Ruzowitzky was on board but last month decided to work on the just-announced drama Blackbird, which is to star Eric Bana and Oliva Wilde.

Demeter hasn't left port just yet, however. The project is still in the midst of securing financing, although the attachment of Slade, riding high on Eclipse's near-$700 million in worldwide boxoffice, should go a ways to get there. However, by the time the funds are secured, the actors could change. The in-demand Rapace, for example, already has Fox's Prometheus penciled in for part of the year.

Slade is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.



VARIETY, MARCH 15, 2011:
David Slade to direct next 'Daredevil' pic
Rachel Abrams & Marc Graser wrote:Slade has been considering several comicbook properties, including Fox's "Wolverine," but that gig wound up going to Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan").

Slade most recently directed "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which earned $698 million at the worldwide box office. His credits also include Sony's "30 Days of Night" and Lionsgate's "Hard Candy."

Slade is attached to Phoenix Pictures' horror pic "The Last Voyage of the Demeter."



THR, OCTOBER 01, 2019:
'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Filmmaker Tackling Horror Thriller 'Last Voyage of the Demeter' (Exclusive)
Borys Kit wrote:This tale, steeped in Dracula lore, is 17 years in the making and has now landed at Amblin.

The long-gestating seafaring horror thriller The Last Voyage of the Demeter has found a new port and a new captain.

André Øvredal, who directed this summer’s horror movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is in negotiations to direct the project, which has quietly landed at Amblin Partners.

Bradley Fischer, Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer, whose credits include Black Swan and Shutter Island, are producing.

Demeter was the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic tale. In that 1897 novel, the ship washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving-mad survivor. Originally written in 2002 by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch), the script tells the tale of that journey, in which the crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.

The project has had homes with Phoenix Picures and Millennium Films, among others, and over the years has attracted such directors as Robert Schwentke and Marcus Nispel. It came close to setting sail around 2012 with David Slade and a cast that included Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace but winds didn’t carry it far.

Øvredal made his feature directorial debut with the Norwegian faux-documentary Trollhunter. Guillermo del Toro took hum under his wing for Scary Stories, which was released by CBS Films this past summer and performed stronger than expected.

Before he tackles Demeter, Ovredal will likely helm The Long Walk, the adaptation of the Stephen King story set up at New Line. Fischer, who produced House with a Clock in Its Walls for Amblin, is one of the producers of the thriller and introduced the filmmaker to Demeter.

Øvredal is repped by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.
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Re: 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter'

Postby mbozzo » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:04 am

Can anyone tell me why do I have this feeling that Dracula will be in this movie? :?
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