After proving himself as an indie horror maestro with The Witch, director Robert Eggers has lined up his next project: Rasputin.
According to Deadline, Eggers has signed on with Media Rights Capital to write and direct a 6-8 episode miniseries based on the real-life story of the Russian “mad monk,” aimed to cover “Rasputin’s origins in Siberia to his rise to power and bloody death in St. Petersburg.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s the short version: Rasputin rose to power as an advisor of the Russian Imperial family in the early 1900s and the mystic trusted by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their son who suffered from hemophilia. But not everyone liked Rasputin’s influence, and his rivals eventually managed to kill him in 1916 — an effort that involved stabbing, shooting (twice), strangling and drowning. And all that took place in the span of one night.
After seeing the creepy, atmospheric style Eggers pulled off with The Witch, it could be very interesting to see what he could do with this era in Russian history.
For whatever reason, Rasputin is a hot development property at the moment, with Warner Bros. also developing a Rasputin feature film from writer Jason Hall (American Sniper) with Leonardo DiCaprio rumored to star.