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There's An Edgar Allan Poe Project In The Works And It's Not Stallone's!!

Merrick here...
V FOR VENDETTA and NINJA ASSASSIN director James McTeigue spoke with /film, and dropped in interesting tidbit about a project he's currentl;y ramping up.
What’s next for McTeigue? The filmmaker, for the first time ever, reveals details about his next project — James 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 /film HERE. Sly Stallone also has a pet project based on the author; it's been a passion of his for years and its screenplay is rather good (more of a bio than McTeigeu's from the sound of it). I don't believe Sly's intent is to take a role in the film as much as write/direct the piece. Sly's version is called POE ( some folks...YO, POE!). The presence of McTeigue's movie could either hurt or help Sly's chances of launching his film depending on how well it comes together, I suppose. Nothing against McTeigue in any way, but I've always really hoped Sly would get a chance to make the film he wants to make. It could be very interesting...

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  • Aug. 5, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Stallone's dick veins will not be denied.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    is it michael jackson's?

    by krod

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I want to see Miyazaki's POE,YO!

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I guess the next mission for his ragtag group of killers will be to take out the rival production team.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Who gets to be BRAVEHEART and who gets stuck...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...being ROB ROY? That would be my fear. A ROB ROY is an OK drink, but you will need twelve of them in a row if you get BRAVEHEARTed.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    RDJ as Poe

    by waites

    Stallone has been obsessed with Poe for years and his script is said to be great. He had wanted RDJ to be in his version a few years ago and RDJ was interested. But Stallone told him at the time he was hoping that Downey would be better at the box office before he would make this movie with him. This was pre-Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. Well now Downey is big box office and he has said he would still be interested. But the timing has to work with Stallone. I could truly picture Downey as Poe. I hope this version happens. The idea for the movie is amazing with aspects of Poe's life playing against his actual stories.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Nevermore, the Cask of the Rue Morgue At . . .


    The House of Usher's Tell-Tale Heart . . . combine all the Poe stories into one movie, and have it start Robert Downey, Jr. as a hip, wise-cracking Poe. Box-office gold!

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    How the hell can one property be split like this?

    by Logan_1973

    Who owns the rights to the Poe properties?

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Scriptgirl told us all about this last week.

    by brock landers baby

    Like fuck she did.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Will this be like Kubricks Waterloo?

    by D.Vader

    Boy I sure hope not. Don't fuck up McTiegue.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Johnny T Williams

    Anyone remembers that a similar project was planned yeaaars ago, with Michael Jackson in the lead, and it was supposed to be about Poe's final days as well?

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Stallone just got Stall-OWNED

    by Kief_Ledger

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Party Down comes to life?

    by The Cabin Boy

    I'm sure there will be vampires involved. Who's playing the sexy, young Abe Licoln? But seriously - Giamatti's been waiting by the phone to play Poe, don't leave him hanging.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    lol at queef ledger

    by StonedWriter88

    stall-owned!! your name should be queef ledger.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Would rather see Jeffry Combs' Poe

    by Simpsonian

    One man show; Stuart Gordan directs.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Stallone will flex and James McTeigue will

    by Turd Furgeson

    turn to dust.. All will bow to the Lord Stallone.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Stallone has been wanting to do Poe for a loooooong time

    by stuckakiddotcom

    Not just years ... DECades. I remember hearing about the Stallone Poe movie when I was in middle school. (my folks are historians who had a focus on all things Poe in the 80's) Back then he was trying to play Poe. I think he waited too long. But I wouldn't feel too bad for him. If he really had the passion to get it done, he would have long ago ... and nowadays there really is no excuse. Welcome to the era of self financing / Dr. Horrible. :)

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Yo, once upon a midnight dreary...

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Poe Stallone


    Poe guy

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Based On The Book?

    by Marlowespade

    There was a book I read some years back --- think it was called "Nevermore" where Poe teams up with Davy Crockett to track a serial killer, I shit you not. It was a lot more boring than you might expect.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    If Stallone played Poe, it would be hilarious.

    by dr sauch

    I'm not talking about his acting, I'm talking about his physical appearance. It would be fucking awesome to see a 4 foot tall, 3 foot wide Edgar Allen Poe with 27 inch biceps.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Jeffrey Combs -YES!

    by daggor

    That's what I wanna see. And this comment is better than my first thought, referring to the police as the "Poe-poe." Tsk.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    My dream Edgar Allen Poe movie...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...would be directed by Tim Burton and starring RDJ in the lead. Now's the perfect time---Downey's name can get a movie made. <p> If McTeigue can get Downey for the part, I wouldn't mind seeing that version.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    They're in the public domain of course. That's why there's been literally (pardon the pun) hundreds of adaptations of his stories: Name recognition and no rights to pay. RDJ would be great in the part except Poe was only 40 when we died. On another note, what happened to GDT's AT the Mountains of Madness? I always thought he should make the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym first as a prequel (they'd have to come up with an ending though, as Poe couldn't be bothered).

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Stallone as Poe

    by savagedave

    Immediately made me think of Last Action Hero and Hamlet, not sure why.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    We need a sequel to Arthur Gordon Pym

    by Raymar

    Pick up right where the story ended.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Jeffrey Combs should have been in STAR TREK

    by JohnRyder

    reboot or not he earned his place in the trek universe. Tony Todd should be a nice klingon in the sequel.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by AlienDragQueen

    Burton would never cast anyone other than Johnny Depp as Poe. Don't you know they are attached at the hip?

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    You can never have too many Poe properties

    by AlienDragQueen

    And I'm sure that by now the rights to Poe's estate have expired. Poe is probably public domain.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Paul Giamatti as Poe

    by Liberty Valance

    There's no other choice. And "Nevermore" would have been a better title.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Giamatti would have to lose 83% of his body weight...

    by FlickaPoo play Poe. Poe looked like he weighed 96 pounds soaking wet and with the added weight of two quarts of gin in him. And 50% of those 96 pounds were just forehead...

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    The Poe Shadow

    by Silverhour

    Sounds like a book I read not that long about called The Poe Shadow. It was about how Poe died and no one really cared at the time, except one lawyer who happened to be a fan and thought he was more than the second-rate author the public made him out to be at the time. The circumstances behind his death were suspicious and the lawyer basically goes insane trying to prove he was murdered, all for a bunch of people who don`t care one way or another. Not really a great book but this reminded me of it.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Also sounds similar

    by kuryakin

    to "The Blackest Bird" by Joel Rose. <b> <p> Pretty interesting, cop investigating serial killings in New York and Poe becomes involved, mostly as a suspect to be fair. <b> Can't say it paints Poe in the best light, he's a pussy magnet and a genius but also mental and funny-looking

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Viggo Mortensen for Poe! In the bio film.

    by TheWaqman

    Make it happen.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Tee Hee, I will attend Harry Knowles funeral

    by AlienDragQueen

    But of course, I am his murderer. Delete me! Share your money you cunt ass hole! I am going to kill you just like your horror movies predicted. It's so easy to kill a fat fucking virgin wheelchair motherfucker like you. I AM YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I split the atom last night

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    A movie about the life of Poe would be the most fucking depressing movie ever made. The guy wrote a fucking incredible story, was a great poet, but that doesn't make his life worthy of a film. <br> <br> Here, I'll break it down for you: The man, ever since he was a boy, put all his love into a series of women who died on him. HE drank to oblivion, wrote poems and stories, went bat-shit crazy, and died. You have your ten dollars and two hours back. You're welcome. Even his going crazy isn;t the sort of crazy that makes a movie watchable. He was a hermit, he went crazy all by himself. <br> <br> And this idiot McTeague is trying to produce a story about the last five "Mysterious" days of his Life? I'll save you the trouble again, he spent his last five days in a hospital. Mystery solved.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Who the hell does this guy think he is?

    by CherryValance

    Trying to steal Sly's thunder. *boycotts*

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    FFS! Just make Poe's own story!

    by BenBraddock

    This sounds like a really shitty idea. There's so much mystery around Poe's end that there is no need to go off and involve something as tired and ridiculous as serial killers in an effort to bring drama into the story. We are WELL overdue a Poe biopic, Stallone should pull his finger out and get his version made.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    What happened to McTeigue being the new 'Superman' director?

    by MalkovichMalkovich

    Last I heard was Wachowskis were producing and McTeigue was directing.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Clive Barker

    by porkchop_Xpress

    is working on something about Poe. Is this it?

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Joaquin Phoenix should play Poe.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    If not him, I'd go with Leonardo DiCaprio or Joseph Gordon Levitt. Robert Downey Jr. would be a really fine choice except that Poe died at age 40 which makes RDJ already too old (especially for the life story). Johnny Depp is too obvious, too old, and too handsom.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, Edward Norton would be good too.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Too bad Gary Oldman has now reached accordance with his surname.

  • Aug. 6, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    My dream Edgar Allen Poe movie by Orbots

    by pixpack

    haha when I saw that title my first though was "please don't say Tim Burton". "My dream Edgar Allen Poe movie... by Orbots Commander Aug 5th, 2009 11:34:50 AM ...would be directed by Tim Burton and starring RDJ in the lead. "

  • Aug. 6, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Aug. 7, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Roger Corman's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

    by thegreatwhatzit

    still works (the best of the AIP/Poe franchise). Can someone please enlighten me to the meaning of the final line?