Quickly becoming the go-to director for all things vampire, David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is in talks to board The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The period horror film is based on a segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which recounts the legend of the ship which transported the famous vampire from Transylvania to England. Demeter is said to be in the vein of Alien, wherein a ship’s crew becomes tormented by a mysterious being who picks them off one-by-one.
Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are already attached to star in the film as supporting characters. Producers (and, presumably, now Slade) are currently still looking for their lead actor. Heat Vision reports that Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) wrote the script, which Phoenix Pictures is producing. The film is currently securing financing, but the addition of Slade, with his expertise in the genre and that blockbuster-level money Eclipse raked in, should make things easier. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
I thought Slade’s 30 Days of Night was fantastic, so I see real promise here. If they stick to the “horror” portion of the genre, we could be in for a real treat. Here’s a synopsis for The Last Voyage of the Demeter:
A Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby, England, during a fierce tempest. All of the crew are missing and presumed dead, and only one body is found, that of the captain tied to the ship’s helm. The captain’s log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship’s journey. These events led to the gradual disappearance of the entire crew apparently owing to a malevolent presence on board the ill-fated ship [Wikipedia].