Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
My love of The Witch is no secret around these parts, so I’ve been very curious about what what writer/director Robert Eggers would do next. We first heard word that he was developing a remake of the silent horror classic Nosferatu, but he later clarified that vampire fans would have to wait, as he was working on other projects first. Now, word has come down that Eggers is eyeing a television miniseries about Grigori Rasputin, one of the most mysterious, fascinating, and downright creepy historical figures of all time.
In other words: yes, please.
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Is there a more unconventionally sexy role than Grigori Rasputin, the “mad monk” of Russian historical lore? The mystic/advisor worked for Tsar Nicholas II, and Rasputin reportedly held great influence over the family, to the extent that his name has become synonymous with the secretive abuse of power. Rasputin said to have been able to bed women and evade violent rivals with ease — until his violent death in 1916, at least.
Now Warner Bros. has picked up a pitch by Jason Hall, the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s American Sniper, that will lead to a screenplay about Rasputin. Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way is involved, and in fact DiCaprio is attached to play Rasputin. Read More »