Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are already attached to co-star but the lead is not yet cast. Phoenix is aiming for a fall start of production and is in active talks with financiers.
Story, penned by Bragi Schut Jr., is based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” describing the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that crashes into the rocks at Whitby without a crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear.
Chris Bender and JC Spink are exec producing. Robert Schwentke, Marcus Nispel and Stefan Ruzowitzky have all previously been attached to direct.
Phoenix produced “Black Swan” and “Shutter Island.”
Slade is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.