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David Slade Set to Helm 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter' for Phoenix

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February 12, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

David Slade

Big update on the project called The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Heat Vision reports from Berlin that David Slade, director of Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and yes, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is now set to direct the Phoenix Pictures production. The project was originally set to sail with Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Conan) then moved to Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters), who started casting as Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley booked roles, then Stefan left so now Slade is taking over. The lead role still isn't cast, but they're currently in talks with actors, as they want to get it going soon but financing isn't 100% in place yet.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter is about the journey of Dracula's coffin from Transylvania to England in the ship named the Demeter, from Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. In the novel, it washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving mad survivor. The screenplay, written by Bragi Schut, follows a story where the crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger (wonder who?). Filming needs to get underway soon, as THR says "by the time the funds are secured, the actors could change" and I don't want to see them lose Rapace or Kingsley! I'm fine with Slade directing, I just want to see who else he casts.

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  • Anonymous
    Now that Slade is on board, I can't wait for this!
  • Chad
    This is one of my favorite parts of the novel, Dracula jumping off as a dog at the end of it. However, I would like to see the trip he makes back to his castle at the end, wait, he slept the whole time.
    • Are you trying to give away spoilers or something? Sounds like a cool story though.
      • Chad
        I'd hope your general follower knows the Dracula story. NOT saying I'm NOT an English teacher...
      • PJ
        Figured the majority would have read it too. It's an excellent book. I read that and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein back to back. Good reads and great plots. Some might call them... Classics :)

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