Robert Eggers, the filmmaker behind this weekend’s acclaimed horror smash “The Witch,” has been set to pen and direct a 6-8 episode event series based on the life of Grigori Rasputin.
Media Rights Capital and Parts and Labor are producing the project which will explore the mad monk’s rise to power as both advisor to the Russian Imperial family and personal physician to Tsar Nicholas II’s young son along with his bloody death in St. Petersburg in 1916.
The project is separate from the film take in the works with Jason Hall (“American Sniper”) penning and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to potentially play him. Eggers is also working on a visceral adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent vampire classic “Nosferatu”.
Various acclaimed actors like Christopher Lee, Gerard Depardieu, Tom Baker, and most famously Alan Rickman have portrayed Rasputin over the years – Rickman scoring an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his performance.