Count Orlok is officially back, as the release date for Robert Eggers remake of 1922’s classic Nosferatu is revealed.
Eggers’ reimagining will hit screens on Christmas Day 2024, taking its chances amongst some very stiff competition.
The movie, based on the first on-screen adaption of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, is set to star Bill Skarsgard in the role of Count Orlok, adding another string to Skarsgard’s already impressive horror roster. Next to Skarsgard we have another familiar face in Nicholas Hoult, set to co-star as the ill-fated Jonathan Harker. Nosferatu will mark Hoult’s second dive into the Dracula-verse of late, as he recently played the titular role in Universal’s Dracula re-imaging Renfield.
Also starring in the impressive ensemble piece are Lily-Rose Depp, Willem Dafoe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Ralph Ineson.
Eggers’ offering will open on December 25th from Focus Features, just days after two of 2024’s most-anticipated films. December 20th 2024 will see Disney drop their prequel to The Lion King in Mufasa, which stands a chance at a decent performance, especially amongst the younger demographic. However, Nosferatu’s biggest threat is undoubtedly Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as if it follows the blueprint set by its predecessors, could net a global opening of $100 million.
Although Eggers’ remake is giving these releases a five-day grace period before releasing, both properties historically hold very well in their second weekend, and historically Christmas has never been a good time for the horror genre commercially.
So, are Focus Features setting themselves up for failure by giving this ambitious remake a Christmas Day release? We’ll find out in just over one year’s time.