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'Nosferatu' Stakes Out a Remake

Robert Eggers, who won acclaim at Sundance for his feature debut "The Witch," will write and direct a remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror masterpiece "Nosferatu" for Jeff Robinov's Studio 8.

Deadline describes the untitled film as "a visceral adaptation" of the original -- itself an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" -- "that brings the horrific vampire of Eastern European folklore back to the screen."

Eggers has also has a separate deal with Studio 8 to write and direct the medieval drama "The Knight."

This isn't the first time "Nosferatu" has undergone a remake: Werner Herzog released his remake/tribute "Nosferatu the Vampire" in 1979. In a slightly different vein, there was also 2000's "Shadow of the Vampire," which offered a fictionalized account of the making of "Nosferatu," in which star Max Schreck (played by Willem Dafoe) is actually a vampire hired by director F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich).

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