Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo—fifty unmarked wooden crates—from Carpathia to London. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.
Originally had a January 27, 2023 theatrical release.
Filmed in Berlin and Malta.
Also known as Last Voyage of the Demeter.
Liam Cunningham plays “the ship’s stately captain.”
David Dastmalchian plays “Wojchek, the Demeter’s first mate.”
Javier Botet plays Dracula.
Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island) is the first actor officially set for the film. (1/27/21)
The latest script is by Zak Olkewicz (Fear Street 2, Bullet Train). (1/27/21)
André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) directs.
Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Hellboy) was the last director attached to helm the project.
David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) was in talks to direct.
At one point Ben Kingsley was said to be attached, but that’s apparently no longer true.
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) was said to be attached to play a “stowaway” onboard the ship, but she’s apparently no longer involved.
Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s (The Counterfeiters) dropped out of directing to pursue another project.
Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ’03, Friday the 13th ’09) was once attached to direct, with production aimed to begin later in ’09.
FX master Patrick Tatopoulos (Godzilla, Underworld films) was once attached to direct.
Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) was the first person attached to direct.
Original screenplay by Bragi Schut.
At one point Phoenix Pictures and the producing team of Chris Bender and JC Spink were collaborating on this.
This project has been in and out of development for over two decades now.
The film 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.”
Universal Pictures released The Last Voyage of the Demeter in theaters on August 11, 2023.
Universal Pictures released The Last Voyage of the Demeter on Digital and VOD on August 29, 2023, on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, iTunes, Redbox, and Vudu ($19.99) before its eventual streaming release.
Universal Pictures released The Last Voyage of the Demeter on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on October 17, 2023.
Director: André Øvredal
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