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Director Neil Marshall To Captain Dracula Tale ‘The Last Voyage Of the Demeter’
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Dracula - Becky Cloonan

Hollywood has always been captivated by the romance of a vampire, although recent incarnations of the character have been focusing on the glitz and glamor of the blood-sucking being. Now The Descent director Neil Marshall hopes to bring back the glory days of the vampire Dracula by helming the long-gestating The Last Voyage of the Demeter.

Bragi Schut‘s decade-old script is an adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula that centers on the large sailing vessel the Demeter on its fateful journey transporting Dracula from Transylvania to England. If you know the story of Dracula, then you’re aware that things don’t go as planned on the trip, and when the ship washes ashore in a condition opposite of when it departed, only one survivor is aboard.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has had several directors attached to helm the project (Robert Schwentke, Marcus Nispel, David Slade) and it even had Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace attached to star. But it looks like Millennium Films want to start from square one. Marshall has a great resume, so giving him the job to direct The Last Voyage of the Demeter is great. Hopefully the rejuvenation is enough to attract some names to the film.

Producing The Last Voyage of the Demeter are Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, and Bradley Fischer.

Banner image by artist Becky Cloonan from Dracula (Illustrated Classics).

[Source: THR]

1 Comment »

  1.  There was NO mad survivor in the original novel.  That is just in the 1931 film and Dracula Dead and loving it.  In the original novel the entire crew was missing and the captain was found dead, tied to the wheel, with a crucifix clutched in one hand.   A large “Dog” (wolf) was seen by dock workers leaping off the ship.  Next time don’t describe the events of the novel unless you… You know… actually read the novel.   The mad man, Renfield, was NOT on the ship in the book.  He was just some lunatic Dracula bribed for assistance.  He was already mad to begin with in the actual novel and had nothing to do with the Demeter.  Renfield had never been to Romania (the country Transylvania is in, by the way) the solicitor that went to the castle in the novel was Jonathan Harker. And he did not go mad though he did suffer a “brain fever” (break down) that he fully recovered from thanks to his fiance, Mina. The ship was not headed directly to London but actually Whitby Bay, which is where Carfax (the property Dracula bought) was located.  READ THE ACTUAL BOOK!  

    Comment by Amanda Pike — May 16, 2012 @ 5:53 am

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