Ruzowitzky Takes “Voyage” With Dracula

Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky (“The Counterfeiters”) is in negotiations to direct the horror-thriller “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” for Phoenix Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

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 penned the script a decade ago for the long-gestating project which has had the likes of Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and Robert Schwentke (“Flightplan,” “Time Traveler’s Wife”) previously attached.

Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer will produce.