Although he said the performances were great, Eggers said he just could not “bring what I had in my brain to the screen”.
Robert Eggers is three to three with the critically acclaimed films “The Witch”, “The Lighthouse” and “The Northman”, but there is one he just can never see again.
“I honestly can’t wait to see The Witch now,” Eggers told the Guardian. Eggers made his feature film debut with the folk-horror season track, which began at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 – where it was acquired by A24 – and introduced Anya Taylor-Joy to the world. It also became one of A24’s most successful films, grossing more than $ 40 million worldwide with a budget of $ 4 million.
“It’s not that it’s bad and the performances are great, but I was not good enough as a director to convey what I had in my brain on screen,” he said.
But it was Egers’ next film that, according to the director, achieved the level he wanted – to a degree.
“At The Lighthouse, I was able to do that,” Egers said. And “The Northman”, I’m proud of the movie, but not everything is as I hoped it would be. So I would like to do something with the range and the scale so that I can bring what I have in my imagination on the screen “.
Eggers said “The Northman” also marked the first time it had auditioned for a studio film.
“My first two films were all tested for marketing, but I did not have to change anything. “So this was new and as much as I did not like this process, I learned something from it,” Egers said. “But more than that, this is the movie I wanted to make. This is my director’s cut. The pressure in the studio made the film what I originally suggested to them, which was the most entertaining Robert Egers film I could make. Honestly, without their pressure, I could not do that. “It’s difficult for me to tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, for good.”
Northman’s intense production, which reunited Eggers with “The Witch” Taylor-Joy’s alum and “The Lighthouse” star William Dafoe, was filmed in Ireland in often insidious conditions, including in icy water. and mud, who tested the limits of his stars, including Alexander Skarsgård.
“Alex told me at one point, ‘You do it on purpose to drive me crazy,'” Eggers recalled. “But I do not choose these environments to be sadistic. I choose them because these are the environments in which my films take place “.
Then Eggers hopes to return to his roots to make short stories of the genre.
“I definitely want to do something smaller, not only because of the pressure and the pain, which is extremely true,” Egers added. for my little ones. And finally I feel like I really know how to make a movie now, you know? ”
“The Northman” opens April 22 in the state.