Any news on that Stallone-scripted Edgar Allen Poe flick?

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Any news on that Stallone-scripted Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby DaleTremont on Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:02 pm

Did I just read something on Dark Horizons that said Sylvester Stallone is helming an Edgar Allan Poe biopic?

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/071114j.php

Whaaaaaaaaaa?



Side note: At least they're maybe casting Viggo.
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Postby darkjedijaina on Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:10 pm

Stallone and Poe? yeah that doesn't seem to fit together....
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Postby DaleTremont on Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:13 pm

darkjedijaina wrote:Stallone and Poe? yeah that doesn't seem to fit together....


Poe hunched over his desk feverishly scribbling out "The Raven" to Eye of the Tiger....
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Postby darkjedijaina on Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:18 pm

DaleTremont wrote:
darkjedijaina wrote:Stallone and Poe? yeah that doesn't seem to fit together....


Poe hunched over his desk feverishly scribbling out "The Raven" to Eye of the Tiger....


hahahahahahaha. that shouldn't have made me laugh so hard, but the mental image was just gloriously funny.
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Postby The Vicar on Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:58 am

DaleTremont wrote:Did I just read something on Dark Horizons that said Sylvester Stallone is helming an Edgar Allan Poe biopic?

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/071114j.php

Whaaaaaaaaaa?



Side note: At least they're maybe casting Viggo.


Yeah, Poe's training montage ought to be epic.
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:49 am

The Vicar wrote:
DaleTremont wrote:Did I just read something on Dark Horizons that said Sylvester Stallone is helming an Edgar Allan Poe biopic?

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/071114j.php

Whaaaaaaaaaa?



Side note: At least they're maybe casting Viggo.


Yeah, Poe's training montage ought to be epic.
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Postby judderman on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:42 pm

I've been intrigued by the idea ever since it was first mooted on this site, especially since the idea of casting Robert Downey Jr. as Poe is an opportunity that simply cannot be missed. Not only is he currently the spitting image of Poe, there are enough parallels in their lives to make me believe in reincarnation (minus the whole "cousin marrying thing", of course)
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby Nachokoolaid on Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:26 pm

I've been wondering the same thing. I think Stallone's idea's for this were great, especially showing some of these stories play out in Poe's mind. Imagine entering that mind!

I would be in the theatre opening weekend if this even turned out half-way decent.
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby BuckyO'harre on Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:59 pm

Couldn't find anything new on Sly's flick, but I did find this article from the Vancouver Sun.

So that means possibly 4* Poe related movies in the next year or so.

But I can't find who will be playing Edgar in this film.
Is it RDjr or Viggo?
With Sherlock and IM2 isn't Downey too busy?



* 4th-While on IMDb I found this.

This is an animated biography of Edgar Allan Poe which includes four of his tales and four of his poems. All of the material relates to Poe's life story. The tales included are MS IN A BOTTLE, MURDER IN THE RUE MORGUE, THE PREMATURE BURIAL and THE BLACK CAT.
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby buster00 on Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:55 am

I'd rather see an animated anthology film than a live action thing (and/or things)...is that just me?
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby TheButcher on Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:45 pm

From JoBlo: Downey wants Poe?

After a rough phase where his career trajectory took a detour to the video shelves, Sylvester Stallone got back on track and managed to bring some pet projects to the screen.

But although Rocky and Rambo had a hand or two in that success (not to mention the cadre of facebreakers assembled for THE EXPENDABLES), his long-planned biopic about influential macabre author Edgar Allen Poe remains laying face down in the Rue Morgue. Now that he's got more pull, will the raven no longer say "Nevermore?"

Robert Downey Jr. seems to hope so. Stallone wanted the actor for the role even before Downey's glorious resurgence, and the interest remains. As Downey tells Metro: "Stallone wrote a great script that he wants to direct about Edgar Allen Poe," mentioning it's the character he most wants to take on (Tony Stark excluded, one assumes). You'd think their combined power could get this sucker bankrolled now.

Stallone's film about the gifted wordsmith (“The Raven”, “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, just to name a few examples) will focus on the scribe’s darker days when he tipped the bottle a fair bit (like any good creator of the time) and went a little loony.

Given his own experiences, Downey would probably relate to the infamously moody and hard-living writer (except for the marriage to his 13-year-old cousin), and it could provide an opportunity to explore themes of addiction and depression
that may not make it into the IRON MAN franchise.

Extra Tidbit: Sly will take a cue from Rocky and simply title the movie POE (we'll have to wait until POE II for the training
montage in which Edgar preps for his transcontinental bout with Dickens).
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:06 am

Sounds awesome to me. When thinking of actors, I thought RDJ would be great. Awesome that he's interested.
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scriped Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby TheButcher on Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:25 am

From Variety Mon., May 23, 2005: Sly goes for 'Poe'

Sylvester Stallone is turning a more literary page and will direct "Poe," a film he wrote about the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Robert Downey Jr. is Stallone's choice for the leading role. Production is scheduled to begin in Europe this fall. The life of the legendary 19th century American poet and short story writer has long fascinated Stallone, who has been nurturing this project for years. He completed the screenplay for the film in 2002, but the project did not come together until this week.


From AICN December 2, 2006: Round Two With Stallone: Rocky, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo 4, Elvis, Poe, Horror, Incredibles 2 & Seashells...
6. Mr Stallone,

This is actually a two parted question, both of which have to do with your upcoming film, "Poe". First and foremost, what inspired you to sit down and write a screenplay based on the legendary writer's life. Secondly, there have been all kinds of casting news online, but you never know what to believe. In your interview with Variety, you mentioned that you want Robert Downey Jr. for the lead role. Do you have any updates for us?

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I was introduced to Poe by accident. I was basically broke and freezing in New York in January of 1970 and decided to seek some shelter and heat in the New York Public Library, which is a citadel of extraordinary books. I struck up a conversation with a guard, who said I should go to the basement and check out the archives. I did, and seeing the actual writings of Poe really caught my imagination, because the way he would write would be to split the page down the middle and glue it in one long strip so he could get more words on the page. Everything about him was unique, so I thought he represented the heart and soul of what it’s like to be a struggling artist who is ahead of his time. I was thinking of Robert Downey, Jr., who would be wonderful, but so would several other young actors.



From AICN Tuesday, May 24, 2005:
Stallone knocks the hell out the Gloved One's Hopes of playing Edgar Allan Poe!

Hey folks, H@rry here... seems Stallone wants to be more and more like Ali... first it was boxing, now it is POEtry. That's right, the Italian Stallion has been banging away at his BioPic script about the life of Edgar Allan Poe, a famous violator of Voting Regulations & Cousin Kisser... As well as being my favorite all time author. It also seems that Sly is set on casting Robert Downey Jr. in the part... meaning that Downey will have the honor of bringing both Chaplin and Poe to the screen... pretty cool. I also feel the casting is genius. This isn't the typical subject matter for Stallone, and I hope to hell he's up for it, because he's probably ruining Michael Jackson's chances of making his long dreamt of Edgar Allan Poe film - which was my favorite future trainwreck that was somewhere out there in the future.


From JoBlo Mar. 13, 2008: Stallone's Poe script
"AhoraHollywood.com has had access to the juicy script written by Sylvester Stallone in 2003 about the so famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe.

As one of Poe's fans, I wasn't prepared to a such pleasant reading. From the beginning, I felt trapped in this script that tells, in 120 pages, a biography of the writer without falling into something typical. I just couldn't take my eyes from the screen of my computer, reading this story full of tragedy and obscurity that surround the character.

The script begins in the present day, with a hodded figure that approaches Poe's tomb to leave a half empty bottle of cognac. This other hooded figure appears, though this time we are in 1833. Is it the same? Who is he? I'll let you guess...

Poe's story begins when he is thrown out of West Point Academy. Young Eddie doesn't fit in. This treatment of Eddie made me think of young master Will of Shakespeare in Love. But there's a difference, as the latter's a comedy, and Stallone shows the heavy atmosphere that filled Poe's life. This atmosphere made me think of the gloomy scenery of Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton, and the general feeling of pessimism of Jude the Obscure of Michael Winterbottom. But we can perceive a certain hope in the words of the characters.

From the beginning, Poe is introduced as a writer that didn't fit in his own time. As we keep on reading, Stallone shows this "wasted soul" whose family seems abandoned by God. And this life full of a mixture of bad luck and tragedy is what inspires the writer thanks to the troubling and ghostly images that haunt his mind. We are witnesses of all his misfortunes entangled with poverty, drugs and fight for social recognition.

What I found really original is this way Stallone has of introducing Poe into his world of imagination. Sometimes I had the feeling that the two worlds, the real and the imaginary, were melting to become one. We can see Poe in a room in his house, and suddenly he is next to Roderick Usher having a conversation. And Stallone introduces with subtlety extracts of Poe's works that fit marvelously with what's happening in Poe's life. We find, to everyone's delight, extracts from short stories like The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, or The Pit and the Pendulum, and of poems like Annabelle Lee or The Raven.

For me, who had an image of Stallone as a rough guy, all muscles (and little brains), it was a wonderful surprise to see this intelligent side, as it takes a lot of courage and wit to write such a script. With a good director to take it to big screen, I think all those who admire Poe, me included, won't be deceived at all."
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Re: Any news on that Stallone-scripted Edgar Allen Poe flick?

Postby TheButcher on Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:35 pm

From THR:
Q&A: Sylvester Stallone - Actor-director receives THR's Key Art Visionary Award
Chad Williams wrote:THR: What's going on with another project of yours, "Poe"? The script has quite a rep.

Stallone: I don't know. (Laughs.) How could I ever live up to that rep? There's been so much talk about it that no matter what I do, it'll be anti-climactic. I don't know how I could present "Poe," especially in today's marketplace where getting financing for a biography would be almost impossible unless you've got a Johnny Depp or maybe Robert Downey Jr. Otherwise, there are no takers for it. I see it as a very visual film; I also see it as a film where you get into his mind. A lot of the film is actually depictions of his classic horror stories, so you've got that going for it. Here's the thing about Poe: Poe is kind of like "Rashomon." Everyone has a different interpretation -- he died of rabies, he died of alcohol poisoning, pneumonia, bronchitis, scarlet fever, a broken heart ... I have my own theories, but no matter what you do, you're going to have so-called Poe authorities, specialists who have literally built their lives around Poe, going berserk. I always saw Poe like an actor who wrote.

THR: What's your own writing process like?

Stallone: I don't ever write a treatment. I start with bullet points. "Man goes to here, he goes to there, he meets a friend, this happens." I'll write about 10 of those and then I'll write 10 scenes. And then I sit back and do 10 more points and write those scenes. Hopefully it comes out to some semblance of a story, knowing that 90% of it is not going to be there at the end. Same thing with "Rocky." Ninety% of it never made it out of the first draft. "The Expendables" screenplay was changed 130-140 times -- complete 100% rewrites. I had to change every word, because people were in and out. Jason wanted to do this, Mickey wanted to say that, Forest Whitaker in, Forest Whitaker out, Brittany Murphy in, Brittany Murphy out. And every time it creates these concentric circles. One scene affects every scene.

THR:
Do you write every day?

Stallone: Every day. But it's like I paint every day; it doesn't mean it's necessarily good, but you feel as though you've accomplished something. Your brain is triggered to produce. Rather than just picking up a newspaper and reading other people's words or turning on the television, you've actually done something.

THR: When do you write?

Stallone: In the morning. Always. I used to write in the night. I wrote "Poe" during the night. But as I got older, I find I'm much more productive in the morning from around 5 a.m. to say 9. I go down into my office, lock the door, turn on some music and go. Sometimes I write with music on and if I'm in a good flow I don't even hear it.

THR: And you're listening to?

Stallone: Everything from Carmina Burana to classic Bee Gees, just depends on what I'm writing. And sometimes when nothing's working, you need absolute silence. That, I hate.
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