V For Vendetta director James McTeigue spoke with ComingSoon/ShockTillYouDrop earlier this morning, about his upcoming action-thriller Ninja Assassin, which hits theaters Nov. 25th. In the interview, McTeigue opened up about the development of his next project, The Raven, which looks to start production sometime next year.
The film will be a fictionalized story of the last five mysterious days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life, following Poe as he joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his own stories. Back in August, McTeigue explained the film as a cross between Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story/poem and the film Se7en.
McTeigue gives a reiterates some of the plot, and gives a little more insight, saying:
There's basically a serial killer loose in 1850's Baltimore and he's using Poe's stories as his methodology, so then he leaves clues at each murder and says it's up to Poe to find him before he kills (again)."
The director has been in Europe looking for locations for the period set thriller:
There's a European sensibility that could be cool. You could totally get into world creation where I can say, 'This is my version of 1850's Baltimore,' because the Poe film is a fictionalized account, his last five days. It's not real.
There is still no casting as of yet. But the film is shaping up to be more of a gritty psychological thriller, as opposed to the effects driven actioners McTeigue has been helmed so far. I'm really excited to see how he takes on this kind of material.
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