Marcus Nispel tackling Dracula's LAST VOYAGE!
If your in the U.K, your probably going to be slightly more familiar with the chapter in Bram Stoker's Dracula novel, which sees The Count take a voyage to Whitby, in the North East of England, than readers in the U.S. Simply because we have a reference point for it, and it's actually somewhere I have visited a few times myself. What's so cool about Whitby (apart from it's fish and chips) is that there is a memorial seat where you can actually sit and see the view of the abbey, the gravesite and the harbour which so heavily influenced Stoker's writings of his famous vampire. It's called the Bram Stoker's Memorial Seat, errected in the 80's and the view (which web images can't do justice) looks like this... Whitby is also the town Stoker discovered the name of his book, during a trip to a local library where he read that Dracul, in Romanian means "Devil". He changed the name from Vampyr to Dracula, a wise choice indeed and one that was probably quite inconspicuous to Stoker at the time. Today's Variety say the mostly unexplored chapter in Stoker's novel which is set in Whitby is getting the big movie treatment. Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th remake, Pathfinder) is in talks to direct The Last Voyage of Demeter for Phoenix Pictures, though the trades don't carry any official plot based on first time writer Bragi Schut Jr's script. What we do know as fact is that the Demeter was the name of the ship that went to Whitby in the novel (pictured above) and it was the cargo ship that allowed the vampire to arrive in England where he killed off all the crew as the ship crashed into the rocks at Whitby. The chapter is told from the view of the captain's log, who begins to lose hope as his crew members die around him. Does that mean then, that the movie will be a relatively small in scope horror flick, something clautsrophobic like a horror film on a boat, but with the villain being Dracula? I could dig that, though Nispel is going to have notch up his game to keep that interesting for 90 mins or so and I don't wanna see rain soaked Pathfinder esque imagery, because that movie was dreadful. Production should begin by the end of the year and I'm extremely intrigued to see another Dracula movie in production right now, but one that is aiming to do something a little different.