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David Slade To Direct Vampire Horror Pic 'The Last Voyage Of The Demeter'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 12, 2011 6:14 AM
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Noomi Rapace & Ben Kingsley Still Tentatively Attached

Director David Slade must reeeaally love vampires as he's about to embark on his third film about bloodsuckers in a row.

THR reports that the director of "30 Days Of Night," and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is now on board to helm, "The Last Voyage Of The Demeter," which was written 10 years ago as an "Aliens"-style film about a crew of passengers that gets picked off one by one as the Demeter ship transports Dracula from Transylvania to London. In Bram Stoker's classic tale, the ravaged ship was found washed ashore with one lone, gone-mad survivor.

Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley are currently attached to star in the horror film (they came on board last fall), but with financing still being secured, it could potentially lose both actors to other projects depending on when it shoots (if Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" butts up against it, Rapace will surely bail on 'Demeter'). There is still one more lead role to be cast, and filmmakers are currently on the hunt for actors for the role.

Up until recently, Academy-Award winning Austrian helmer Stefan Ruzowitzky ("The Counterfeiters") was attached to direct, but he recently exited the project to work with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde instead on the project "Blackbird."

A genre filmmaker through and through, Slade came very close to directing "The Wolverine," before Hugh Jackman friend and former collaborator Darren Aronofsky swooped in to take the gig. While "30 Days Of Night," is an underrated piece of horror schlock and "Hard Candy," was met with solid reviews, the mediocre effects and script of 'Eclipse' made Slade stumble artistically. We're hoping 'Demeter,' will provide him with some much needed redemption.

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  • TobiXimenez | February 13, 2011 3:44 AMReply

    So there's potentially going to be two big studio Dracula films? This could be very interesting

  • paul | February 13, 2011 3:42 AMReply

    Alien is a classic and if they can capture that claustrophobic feel of impending death, they're likely to have a very enjoyable genre flick on their hands.

  • odd | February 12, 2011 8:37 AMReply

    Wait, is Ben Kingsley to be the vampire? Good God, sign me up if that's the case. The idea sound awesome, really, think about the claustrophobia on board. Hopefully, they could nab someone like Sam Rockwell for the "one lone, gone-mad survivor." .

  • sam jackson's broom | February 12, 2011 3:12 AMReply

    i actually agree. slade didn't deserve that razzie. there were numerous worse films and directorial efforts. slade's a good shit, but i have a feeling if he doesn't really pull a solid establishing film out of his ass soon he might be directing some DTV sony sequels in the future.

  • futfjmhgf | February 12, 2011 12:13 AMReply

    I still think it was wrong of the Razzies to nominate David Slade. It just showed how lazy their list of nominations were that year.

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