If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Adding another in what is becoming a comically long list of Dracula projects in development, it was announced recently that the on-again-off-again 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter' is, well, on again. The film will tell the story of the doomed voyage of the ship that carried Dracula from Transylvania to London in the original Bram Stoker novel. The film appears to finally be setting sail for real with Neil Marshall ('The Descent') at the helm. The script for 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter' was written a decade ago by Bragi Schut ('Season of the Witch') and has tried, and failed, several times to leave port; at one point under the direction of David Slade ('Twilight Saga: Eclipse') and boasting a cast that included Noomi Rapace and Sir Ben Kingsley. 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter' is currently being set up over at Millennium Films.
So yes, yet another Dracula film in the works, but to be fair this one has been trying to get made for a very long time. Still, in my opinion, it's quite possibly the least interesting conceptually of all the Drac films in development. Granted, there is something to be said for close-quarters horror, and a rickety old ship is certainly lacking in wide open spaces. Plus, Marshall proved how well he can create horror in tight spaces with 'The Descent.' However, the conceit here appears to be some dark mystery about what happened to the crew of the ship. Well we can tell you what happened, Dracula killed them all. I mean, how much more do you really need to delve into that particular facet of the story? Maybe I'm being short-sighted here.
What do you guys think? Could this film work conceptually? Is Marshall the right man for the job?