In our current age of remakes, it’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long for someone to float the idea of remaking the 1921 silent horror classic Nosferatu. Sure, eclectic filmmaker Werner Herzog attempted a Nosferatu do-over back in 1979, but that was over three decades ago, and opinion on that film is quite mixed. Well, director David Lee Fisher has taken it upon himself to fill the Count Orlok void, and is currently developing a new take on Nosferatu. The catch is that this isn’t a studio movie, and is being funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
Of course, this particular Kickstarter project has a secret weapon: Doug Jones. Whether you know him from his terrific work with Guillermo Del Toro, or from his recent turn as friendly alien Kochise on the TNT sci-fi series Falling Skies, chances are you’re at least somewhat familiar with Doug’s abilities as an actor.
What you may not be as familiar with is the way he looks normally, due to his propensity to take roles that require mounds and mounds of make-up and special effects. Which is actually what makes him a perfect choice to play Nosferatu’s titular bloodsucker. Jones has already more than proven his knack for creating expressive, physically tangible characters out of what might appear on the service to be a fairly one-note monster or creature. Here is a sample of what Doug will look like in full make-up:
With 23 days remaining, David Fisher’s Nosferatu remix has raised over $22,000, with a total funding goal of $60,000. While this obviously won’t be a high-budget project, there is much to be said for creativity and intent, especially with somebody like Doug Jones on-board. Filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in March, with the current goal to have finished post-production by January 2016. Here’s hoping the final film lives up to Fisher’s ambitious goal.