By Justin Kroll
January 27, 2021
Bullet Train scribe Zak Olkewicz penned the script, which is based on a single chapter, “The Captain’s Log,” from Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel Dracula. The chapter tells the story of the Russian schooner, Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo – twenty four unmarked wooden crates – from Carpathia to London. The film will detail the strange events that befell the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a terrifying presence onboard the ship. When it finally arrived near Whitby Harbor, it was a derelict. There was no trace of the crew. The initial script was written by Bragi Schut.
The film is being produced by Mike Medavoy, Brad Fischer and Arnold Messer, who have produced such critical and box office successes as Black Swan, Shutter Island, and Zodiac. Production of the pic marks a near 20-year milestone for the producers, having originally purchased the script in 2002.
Jeb Brody, President of Production, and Mia Maniscalco, VP Creative Affairs, will oversee the project for Amblin.
Hawkins first burst on to scene in with his critically acclaimed portray of Dr. Dre in Universal’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Since then the Emmy and Tony-nominated actor has been busy with a number of roles in such hits Kong: Skull Island, BlackkKlansman and 6 Underground. He will next be seen in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights and Joel Cohen’s Macbeth.
In addition to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Trollhunter, Øvredal’s past credits include The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsh, which had its premiere in Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival where it won the first runner-up Audience Award.
Øvredal is represented by WME, Industry Entertainmnent and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Hawkins is represented by CAA. Olkewicz is represented by ICM, 3 Arts and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP