In conjunction with his production company, Green Door, Idris Elba will begin developing a trilogy based on Marc Olden’s Poe Must Die.
Idris Elba is about to bring a supernatural-fighting version of Edgar Allan Poe to silver screen. The British actor has reportedly optioned the rights to Olden’s historic thriller, Poe Must Die, with the intention of adapting it into an action-fantasy movie trilogy.
It isn’t yet known who will be cast for the role of Poe in this latest re-visioning, nor if Elba will make an appearance in the films.
Poe Must Die, first published in 1978, takes place against the crime- and squalor-filled backdrop of New York City in the 1840s. It depicts a fictionalized version of Poe, as a booze-addled man who’s turned to alcohol in order to ease his pain after the death of his wife. As Poe fights his personal demons, he meets renowned ex-bare knuckle fighter Pierce James Figg, who arrives to New York from London with a letter from Charles Dickens. The letter introduces Poe to Figg and asks for his help tracking down an evil psychic sorcerer named Jonathan, the man also responsible for murdering Poe’s wife. Poe and the boxer must then team up in a perilous mission to find the power-mad Jonathan and stop him from obtaining the Throne of Solomon, which will grant him immortality and dominion over the ultimate demonic forces.