McTeigue on Edgar Allan Poe film
I had thought that Sylvester Stallone was to be bringing out a film about Edgar Allan Poe as he was writing the script simply called Poe, but there seems to be competition on the go as James McTeigue has revealed that he's directing a film about the final days of the great writer.
The final days of the famous man are somewhat of a mystery, and lend themselves to storytelling as much as any of his own stories do, and that's where this project promises something unusual as it will mix Poe's story The Raven with the days leading up to his death.
There's already a film version of Poe's Tell-Tale Heart, Clive Barker is working on a film about Poe's last days and his nightmares coming to life, and Sylvester Stallone has been working on a film about the great writer too. However not all of them are strictly about Edgar Allan Poe, and James McTeigue's version looks to be a mixture of fantasy and reality too.
Speaking about the film he said:
”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.”
What makes Edgar Allan Poe's last days so interesting is the fact that his death remains a mystery, and while it's not really a surprise that his medical records have been lost from the time, it's the circumstances of his last days which are the mysterious part.
A man called Joseph W. Walker found Poe...
”...in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance...”
He was not wearing clothes that were clearly not his own, and was reported to have been calling out the name Reynolds. He was found on October the 3rd 1849 and died in hospital on October the 7th. He was never fully coherent, and his death has been explained away by multiple natural causes, but never fully explained.
A real life mystery indeed and one that would work well on the big screen, and probably spark a revival in the love for Poe's work.
However the real question is which of the films about Edgar Allan Poe will become the most successful and/or the most interesting? Stallone's, McTeigue's or even Barker's?