Edgar Allan Poe died almost 160 years ago, but his life and death is still surrounded with enough mystery and spooky theories to make the old 'scaremaster' proud. A few years back, there had been talk of a Poe biography from Sylvester Stallone (with Robert Downey Jr. allegedly circling the role) but it looks like Sly's not the only one with Poe on the brain. /Film recently got the chance to speak with James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) about his latest, Ninja Assassin, and he told them that he has also started working on a Poe-inspired thriller, titled after the famous poem, The Raven.

If you happened to have skipped high school English, The Raven was Poe's poem about a man haunted by his lost love (and, if you need a quick refresher, just watch The Simpson's classic Treehouse of Horrorepisode). But McTeigue isn't interested in trying to improve upon previous Poe films (like Roger Corman's classics) and instead, his film will be a fictional take on Poe's final days, and put the author smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation.

Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston have already completed a script about Poe on the trail of a murderer who's using his literary works as a source of inspiration. It sounds pretty clever on paper, and McTeigue told /Film, "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."

Maybe if Stallone's project doesn't make it out of development hell alive, Downey could play Poe for McTeigue instead, what do you think?
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