Neil Marshall, director of 2005’s claustrophobic nightmare The Descent, has signed on to direct the upcoming film The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Millennium films will release the project which cycled through numerous directors before landing in Marshall’s hands.
According to Screenrant, Filmmakers such as Robert Schwentke (RED), Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian), Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy) and David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse) have all either circled or been briefly attached to direct the project at different points in time.
Though not a direct book adaptation, the story’s origins lie within the text of Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic Dracula. The Demeter was the ship that brought Dracula from Transylvania to London in Stoker’s book. The damaged ship washed ashore in England with one survivor.
The film will follow the segment of the novel featuring the titular last voyage of the Demeter and the terror that occurs on board.
Within the novel, Dracula, the 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. An animal described as a large dog is seen on the ship leaping ashore. The ship’s cargo is described as silver sand and boxes of “mould”, or earth, from Transylvania.
The film’s script was written a decade ago by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch).
Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer will be producing. The three have worked together on films before, such as Zodiac, Black Swan and Shutter Island.
The film was almost made last year by David Slade with a cast that included Ben Kingsley and Noomie Rapace, but when that was shut down the actors also left the project. It isn’t immediately known whether either cast member will return with the new project moving forward.
Little more information has been released about the indirect adaptation.