Way back in May last year I mentioned that Marcus Nispel could possibly be directing a film called The Last Voyage of Demeter. This is the tale about what happened on the ship that Dracula sailed on to get to England in Bram Stoker’s classic novel. This is such a great idea for a film. I love it when they take secondary characters or situations and spill them out into a new movie. Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead is a great example for this kind of thing.
IMDB is still saying Nispel is attached, but he will be busy directing the new Conan the Barbarian movie starring Jason Momoa so not sure if he will be changed.
However, the Demeter is still ready to sail and producers Mike Medavoy and Brad Fischer provided an update to FEARNet
Fischer: When I picked up the script, it just struck me as such a great idea. Because I’d always been a fan of the Stoker novel, and the Dracula mythology and lore. And that chapter, which – if you go back and look at the Stoker novel – is basically told through the captain’s diary, from when he was on the boat. The boat was chartered to go from Varna to London, and there were these boxes of earth that were being put on it, and one of these boxes of earth was Nosferatu himself; and he was feeding off of the crew members as the boat made its journey. The captain’s log – the way that it’s structured in the book – it actually starts off with someone who was a journalist, who is among this group of people when the boat crashes into the rocks at Whitby. And he finds this water-soaked log book. Just by reading these entries, which grow – starting off with descriptions of an “unsettled feeling among the crew that there’s a presence on the boat, someone who can’t be accounted for” – into varying increasing degrees of paranoia. Crew members go missing; no one had actually dramatized what happened on the ship. And Bragi Schut, who wrote Season of the Witch – this was actually his first script that he wrote, before Season of the Witch – he came up with this idea to tell the story of what unfolded. It’s told from the point of view of a guy who’s just desperate to get to London. And he just gets on the wrong boat basically.”
Medavoy: I’m really excited about it. The question is getting some converts out there together with me. I just find the idea of telling a classic story from the point of view of something that happened out of the logs, and all of it taking it place on a shop, visually really interesting. And character-wise it’s really interesting – the characters are on the boat, and the fact that you think all of them had died; and we don’t tell whether somebody did survive or not… That intrigues me.