Wednesday, August 5, 2009


This comes comes courtesy of Slashfilm. What’s next for "V for Vendetta" director James McTeigue is currently casting a period thriller titled "The Raven," a fictionalized account of the final five “mysterious” days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Apparently the famous writer joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.

Says the director: “It’s like the poem, 'The Raven,' itself, crossed with 'Se7en.' It should be pretty cool. The script is really good and everyone responds to it really well. I’m in the middle of casting.”

The screenplay is written by Hannah Shakespeare (who wrote the 2005 drama Loverboy, and was a story editor on Bionic Woman and Ghost Whisperer) and Ben Livingston. Machinist/Session 9 director Brad Anderson had been previously developing the project.

The real death of Poe was also mysterious. The writer was discovered on the streets of Baltimore in great distress and in need of “immediate assistance.” He was wearing someone else’s clothes and repeating the name “Reynolds”. He died shortly after in hospital, never able to explain what had happened.

Sounds creepy and chilling. We can't wait. Oh, and someone please for the love of God, snag Robert Downey, Jr. to play Poe.

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1 comment:

  1. I just heard about this. It seems Poe's lost days have been popping up everywhere lately. I would have tapped Gary Oldman to play Poe.


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