Robert Eggers on Nosferatu
So, what does director Robert Eggers think of the idea of remaking Nosferatu? As a writer and director, he might find this a compelling storyline. But what if Eggers wanted to tackle a different genre? Would he do a bright “Star Trek” sci-fi film or a gritty “Nosferatu”?
“The Northman” is a departure for Eggers, the auteur behind the cult classics “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse.” The new film, “The Northman,” costs $70 million or more, and boasts an impressive cast of A-listers. Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke star, with a brief appearance by Bjork. Eggers was also wearing signet rings and was sporting a well-groomed beard.
“The Northman” is a $70 million Viking saga starring Alexander Skarsgard as the swordsman prince Amelith. Amelith seeks revenge on his uncle, who killed his father and abducted his mother to an isolated Icelandic village. While Eggers has made a great movie, his struggles were intense. During the film’s development, Eggers ran into some issues with his production company, which delayed its release. But once the film did finally begin, Eggers’ success remained.
As a director, Eggers’ films have a unique presentation style. In “The Northman,” he skillfully blends realistic Viking brutality with spirituality. The film’s final sequence demonstrates the importance of one’s inner spirit. Eggers also takes time to make viewers experience these spiritual moments. He does so by creating images that are deeply evocative.
The director also explains the challenges of working on a film like “The Social Network” in post-production. While he had to balance the demands of both his studio and financiers, he also had to respond to criticism of his work as a huge movie prepares to go to theaters. As a director, this conflict must be handled with patience and professionalism, but he emphasizes the positive outcome.
The Northman is another example of Eggers’ sly humor. Eggers makes a name for himself with atmospheric indie horror flicks such as The Witch and The Lighthouse. In addition to making the film, Eggers spent over $100 million on a Viking epic. In the process, he has managed to preserve the animalistic nature of the Vikings, which is an underrated trait in today’s society.
In a recent interview, Eggers spoke about his horror past and compared the sinister character of Northman to Boris Karloff’s character in a Universal Monster film. Certainly, there’s a lingering horror legacy in this film, but it’s a good thing Eggers is a writer who can bring such an atmosphere to comic book movies.