After trying his darndest with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, director David Slade is making his return to the vampire world with The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The 30 Days of Night director plans to tackle ambitious story by Bragi Schut. Based on a section from Bram Stoker‘s novel, the film follows a voyage on the Demeter, “the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London.” The Alien-style story sees “a crew slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.”
THR first reported the story and included Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace in the casting race, but Bleeding Cool comes with the news that Jude Law is currently in discussions with producers for the lead role. With, Robert Schwentke, Marcus Nispel, and Stefan Ruzowitzky all previously attached to direct at one point, it looks like the gig is for Slade. They are currently securing financing, which should be an easier feat after Eclipse‘s almost $700-million worldwide take.
Law has hit a bit of a rough patch with the disastrously performing Repo Men and two projects I had hoped for greater things with (Sherlock Holmes and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). This year is looking up as he has Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion (view a few set pictures below via JustJared) and Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo Cabret.
What do you think of Law possibly joining Demeter?
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, associate editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King and I briefly discuss The Hunger Games: Catching Fire before a remembrance of Paul Walker. Then we dive into our feature review of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake. Following that we take a look at the films [...]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out [...]
While December is often a time of reflection of the year past, before we embark on such a journey in forthcoming features, it’s time to take a look at what to keep on your radar in the next few weeks. A number of the below films won’t reach their widest release until early next year, [...]
When the Criterion Collection announced that Yasujirô Ozu’s towering 1953 work, Tokyo Story, would be coming to Blu-ray, my first reaction was “shit.” Not that this canonical work — beloved by cinephiles, filmmakers, academics, and nearly all else who encounter it — is undeserving of further attention. Instead my own reaction to this film, which [...]
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