Cusack plays Poe before Stallone
John Cusack has announced that he's to play the literary figure Edgar Allan Poe in a film entitled The Raven, and it's not the film that Sylvester Stallone has been writing and wanting to make for all this time.
This Raven is a fictional version of the story which is to be directed by James McTeigue and looks at the last five days of Poe's life, a period that remains undocumented and full of mystery.
What was known was that Edgar Allan Poe found by a man called Joseph W. Walker and described him as...
”...in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance...”
He was 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 documented as occurring by multiple natural causes, but never fully explained, and to add to the mystery his medical records have been lost over time.
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, but next up is James McTeigue's film.
James McTeigue's The Raven will take the myth of his death and combine it with the story that Poe partnered with a detective searching for a serial killer who was mimicking the murdered in Poe's novels and had kidnapped his fiancée.
There's a little more possible fact in there as it is believed that the days when Poe went missing in real life was when he was investigating a series of murders which were happening at the time, some even speculate he was committing them.
The story in The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision tells us that Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor were set to play Poe in the past, and before John Cusack announced on Twitter he was taking the role it was Jeremy Renner who was lined up for the role. To be honest I see all of them bringing something good to the role of Edgar Allan Poe, although Phoenix and Renner would have been my best choices from that list.