Here’s a project very close to my heart. In ninth grade I had an English assignment that was not unlike this at all. And now James McTeigue, director of V for Vendetta and the upcoming Ninja Assassin, will be rendering a fictionalized account of the mysterious final five days of the life of Edgar Allan Poe.
According to /Film the film will center around Poe assisting in an investigation into a string of murders that all appear to be inspired by his stories, with the general arc of the movie bearing similarities to The Raven, which will be the title of the film.
Sounds a little ponderous to me. I think Se7en is the only murders-inspired-by-literature movie that was ever any good. All films since have just been trying to mimic it. But who knows? Maybe an old timey period setting is just what that concept needs.
Still, I’d like for a movie about Poe’s death to be darker, stranger, and far more introspective and “descent-into-madness”-ish than this one will end up being.