What if a serial killer was inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe?
Sounds kinda of like a standard sci-fi thriller right? Well… what if John Cusack played Edgar Allan Poe, that the crimes took place in Victorian England…and that Edgar Allan Poe must help catch the deranged killer…sound more interesting then?
As outlandish as that plot sounds, that’s the general premise of the thriller , The Raven , starring John Cusack. As fun as this sounds, I’m sure many Poe fans would just be happy seeing a proper biopic on the enigmatic, gothic, writer. There have been rumors for YEARS that Sylvester Stallone had written an amazing script based on Poe’s life. It even garnered the interest of Robert Downey Jr. to play the lead role. But the studio heads obviously didn’t see much profit in doing a period drama piece based on Poe’s life. So this film is probably just the first step, to gauge the general interest of audiences on the subject of Edgar Allan Poe. If this film does well I’m sure they’ll be plenty of films exploring the real life, as well as fantastical, world of Edgar Allan Poe. In the mean time it’s just fun seeing Edgar Allan Poe being played on screen. Another reason to check out the film is that it’s directed by James McTeigue, director of one of my favorite films of the last decade, V For Vendetta.
The Raven stars John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Brendan Gleeson. The film is directed by James McTeigue and is written by Ben Livngston and Hannah Shakespeare. The Raven is scheduled for release March 9, 2012.
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper–part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.