David Slade Sets Sail On The “Demeter”

David Slade (“30 Days of Night,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is in talks to direct another kind of vampire movie – the long-gestating “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” at Phoenix Pictures reports Heat Vision.

Based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s classic novel “Dracula”, the story describes the disturbing voyage taken by the vampire count to England on a merchant vessel shipping cargo from Transylvania to London.

Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear as Dracula feeds on them to sustain himself.

The ship eventually crashes on the rocks at Whitby with the only soul on board the dead captain who has been lashed to the steering wheel. Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star, while Phoenix is in active talks with various actors for the lead role.

Bragi Schut penned the script a decade ago which has had the likes of Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), Robert Schwentke (“Flightplan,” “Time Traveler’s Wife”) and Stefan Ruzowitzky (“The Counterfeiters”) previously attached. Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer will produce.