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“THE WITCH” Director To Helm Rasputin Mini-Series!Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
First off, let’s get this out of the way: THE WITCH is not a historical drama, it’s a horror film. Show me a historical drama where a boy spits out a bloody apple from his dying body or takes direct visual cues from THE SHINING and then you’ll have an argument. Until then, THE WITCH is a horror film, and an effective-as-hell one at that, so it’s exciting to hear Deadline report THE WITCH filmmaker Robert Eggers will be tackling one of history’s creepiest real life figures for a mini-series about the Russian “mad monk” Rasputin!
Teaming with THE WITCH production team Parts & Labor and Media Rights Capital, the film investment company behind the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER, Eggers will write and direct 6-to-8 episodes detailing the depraved life and brutal death of the notorious Russian mystic. While details are scant at the moment, Eggers certainly has the chops to bring Rasputin’s tale to the screen, and while one could assume the mini-series will be authentic in its production design, its execution could potentially be more supernaturally leaning if THE WITCH is any indication of being able to mine horror from real life inspirations.
The petrifying project is just another addition to Eggers’ understandably crowded slate, joining the filmmaker’s remake of F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU and the medieval drama THE KNIGHT, both of which are being developed at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8. And while THE WITCH may have taken years to put together, one could assume after the success of the film that these projects will be on the fast-track for the in-demand filmmaker. Stay tuned here at FANGORIA.com for more on the macabre mini-series!