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Robert Eggers, who wrote and directed The Witch, told Indiewire he is remaking Nosferatu, the 1922 horror classic by F.W.Murnau.

“Nooooo, why remake that? It’s a classic!” is bound to be said by some of you out there, well tough. Remakes happen – some are good, some are bad, the original is always there – and they will keep on keeping on as long people go and see them. If you don’t like remakes then don’t go and see them, but without them we wouldn’t have The Thing, Scarface, numerous Shakespeare / Dickens adaptations, Some Like It Hot, The Departed, The Fly, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars etc.

He is making the film for former Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8. Turns out Eggers didn’t plan on remaking the film, which he holds in high regard.

It’s shocking to me. It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do ‘Nosferatu’ next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.

I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book in my elementary school and I lost my mind.

Then, when I was 17, I directed the senior play [of] Nosferatu. It was very expressionist, it was much more expressionist than the film is. It was ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ style.”

That’s when I realized this is what I want to be doing. Nosferatu has a very close, magical connection for me. Though if I were to make the movie 17-year-old Rob was going to make of ‘Nosferatu’ it would have been something between like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Sin City,’ whereas this is going to be the same approach as ‘The Witch,’ where 1830s Biedermeier Baltic Germany needs to be articulated in a way that seems real.

I can’t also do Max Schreck again either, so that’s fun, so it’s going back to the origins of the folk vampire,

Eggers is also writing the script for the film and after seeing what he did with The Witch, I am more than happy to see his take on Nosferatu.

It’s not the first time the film has been remade (not counting all the numerous films based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Nosferatu was an unauthorised adaptation). Werner Herzog’s 1979 tribute film Nosferatu the Vampyre starred Klaus Kinski, and I always enjoy watching the 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire. That one is a fictionalized account of the making of Nosferatu and stars John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

Then there was the recent crowedfunded remake, also called Nosferatu, that starred Doug Jones as Count Orlok.

How do you feel about the new remake and who would you like to play Count Orlok?

You can listen to the full interview with Eggers below.

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