Stefan Ruzowitzky in Talks to Direct THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER

     March 2, 2010

stefan_ruzowitzky_01.jpgPhoenix Pictures looks to have found a director for its upcoming horror flick The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Per THR, Stefan Ruzowitzky, the man behind the 2007 Oscar-winning Austrian film The Counterfeiters, is in talks to take the helm of the period pic, which is based on a segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the novel, the Demeter is the ship that unknowingly takes the villainous vampire from Transylvania to England, and along the way…well, an undead guy’s gotta eat, right?

As someone who likes the genre and loves this book, I’m looking forward to this one. Over the years, I’ve learned not to get too excited about horror films slated for wide release, but the director’s resume checks out, and this is the studio that just recently brought us Shutter Island. What’s more, the story of the Demeter really intrigues me. As THR points out, the concept is essentially Alien on a 19th century schooner. And while this film would be hard-pressed to measure up to the masterpiece that is Alien, I think we could have the makings of a solid claustrophobic shocker here.

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