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McTeigue on Poe

08.05.2009

Practically the third Wachowski brother, James McTeigue has made quite a name for himself assisting on DARK CITY and THE MATRIX then progressing to directing V FOR VENDETTA and now NINJA ASSASSIN. Recently, Slashfilm got him to open up a little about his other upcoming projects.

What McTeigue has cooking next is a period piece called THE RAVEN, which chronicles the (fictionalized) account of Edgar Allan Poe’s last five days on earth. Quoth McTeigue, “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.”

In case you missed AP English in high school (or The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror), Poe’s “Raven” tells the story of a man who is driven to insanity by an annoying talking raven. How McTeigue is combining this with Poe’s actual life (and crazy ass death) remains to be seen, but shooting it SE7EN style is probably a good place to start.

Extra Tidbit: McTeigue is also working on an adaptation of Richard Morgan’s sci-fi novel, “Altered Carbon.” More on that later.
Source: Slashfilm

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