'The Descent' Director Boards Horror Thriller 'Last Voyage of the Demeter' (Exclusive)

Neil Marshall - P 2012
<p>Neil Marshall - P 2012</p>   |   Getty Images

The Last Voyage of the Demeter might finally set sail.

Neil Marshall, the noted horror filmmaker behind The Descent, is attached to direct the long-gestating Demeter, which is being set up at Millennium Films.

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Demeter was the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic tale. In that 1897 novel, the ship washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving-mad survivor. Written a decade ago by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch), the script tells the tale of that journey, in which the crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.

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The project over the years has attracted such directors as Robert Schwentke and Marcus Nispel. Demeter almost left port last year with Twilight: Eclipse helmer David Slade and a cast that included Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace, but the tide turned, forcing the sails to fold.

Producing Demeter are Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and Bradley Fischer -- who have made habit of incubating and sticking with projects for lengthy periods -- though new producing deals would have to be inked to bring Demeter into Millennium's harbor.

Chris Bender and Brian Spink will exec produce. Jake Weiner and J.C. Spink will co-exec produce.

Marshall's upcoming projects include Burst 3D, Hellfest and Underground. He is repped by ICM, Principato Young and Bloom Hergott.