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Neil Marshall Sails On The "Demeter"

By Garth Franklin Friday May 11th 2012 09:57PM

After being stuck for many years in development, it looks like "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" will finally be sailing forward as Neil Marshall ("The Descent") is in talks to direct the project for Millennium Films 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.

Bragi Schut ("Season of the Witch") penned the script a decade ago which has had the likes of David Slade ("30 Days of Night"), Marcus Nispel ("Friday the 13th"), Robert Schwentke ("Flightplan") and Stefan Ruzowitzky ("The Counterfeiters") previously attached as directors. Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace were linked as possible stars last year.

Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer will produce. The project was previously setup at Phoenix Pictures, but the move to Millennium has given it a better chance of going forward.

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