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David Slade boards The Last Voyage of the Demeter

David Slade directs The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Slade may be returning to the vampire genre for a third time for The Last Voyage of the Demeter.

The director, who has previously taken on bloodsuckers for 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is reportedly in talks to tackle Phoenix Pictures’ long-in-the-works period horror movie.

In addition, Sir Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star – although there is no word on who may take the lead.

Demeter was the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker’s classic tale.

In that novel, it washes up on the shores of England with one raving mad survivor.

Bragi Schut’s novel The Last Voyage of the Demeter, written a decade ago, places the voyage itself at the centre of the story and is said to be written in a style that’s reminiscent of the first movie Alien movie, in which a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.

The film has been circling Hollywood for some time and was even to have been directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky last month before he decided to jump ship, so to speak, to work on Blackbird with Eric Bana and Oliva Wilde.

Demeter has yet to attract the required finances to set sail but with Slade on board, it should now gain traction.

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