Helmer to guide tale of Dracula's journey

Phoenix Pictures has signed Robert Schwentke to direct “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” which he will rewrite with Mitch Brian.

Based on the original screenplay by Bragi Schut, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” expands upon the captain’s log chapter of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” in which a ship carried the vampire’s coffin to England from Transylvania and arrived at port with no survivors aboard.

Phoenix will produce, with J.C Spink and Chris Bender of Benderspink acting as executive producers.

Phoenix VP of production Brad Fischer brought Schwentke and Brian to the project and will continue to oversee for the company.

Schwentke and Brian have also teamed on the action pic “Labor Day” at Disney and the thriller “Man With the Football” at Columbia Pictures.

Schwentke has written and directed two German-language pics, the thriller “Tattoo” and black comedy “Family Jewels.”

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