TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Norwegian director André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) is in talks with Amblin Partners to direct the long-gestating horror flick Last Voyage of The Demeter.

The project has been in the works since 2002 and was recently was acquired by Amblin, at one time David Slade (Hannibal, Black Mirror, 30 Days of Night) was attached to direct.

André Øvredal, who directed this summer’s horror movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is in negotiations to helm the project, which has quietly landed at Amblin Partners.

Demeter was the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker’s classic tale. In that 1897 novel, the ship washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving-mad survivor. Originally written in 2002 by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch), the script tells the tale of that journey, in which the crew is slaughtered one by one by a mysterious passenger.

André Øvredal is also attached to direct to an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Long Walk.

His most recent film Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark produced by Guillermo del Toro did very well with critics earning an impressive 79% RottenTomatoes and opened with a decent $20.9 million at the domestic box office.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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