30.08.2010

John Cusack to Play Poe for V for Vendetta Director---John Cusack to play Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven'----John Cusack will play Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven quoth John Cusack,

John Cusack to Play Poe for V for Vendetta Director
Saturday August 28, 2010
This is one of the cooler projects I've heard of in a while. John Cusack announced on Friday via Twitter that he would be playing legendary 19th century author Edgar Allan Poe in a film titled The Raven. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the movie won't be an adaptation of the Poe poem of the same name, but rather a thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe attempts to stop a serial killer whose murders are based on Poe's stories. Sounds a bit like Sleepy Hollow without the supernatural element (presumably). Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Ewan McGregor had previously been attached; it's unsure if either is still in the picture.
http://horror.about.com/b/2010/08/28/john-cusack-to-play-poe-for-v-for-vendetta-director.htm


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John Cusack to play Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven'
John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven,” a fictional thriller being directed by James McTeigue, the Wachowskis protege who last helmed “Ninja Assassin.”

Aaron Ruder and Glen Basner of FilmNation are producing.

The story is set in the last five days of Poe's life in which he is forced to partner with a detective in search of a serial killer who has kidnapped Poe's fiancé and has gone on a spree of murders that mimics the author's work.

The project begins shooting on Oct. 25, with Budapest and Serbia standing in for 1849 Baltimore.

The project has been in the works for a while and has had to contend with several acting reversals. Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor were in talks to play Poe at several points in “Raven’s” development. Jeremy Renner had been attached since last year as the detective but just this week bolted to “Mission: Impossible 4.”

Cusack, repped by CAA, last starred in “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
http://heatvision.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/john-cusack-the-raven-edgar-allen-poe.html

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John Cusack will play Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven quoth John Cusack, nevermore.
by: Niki Stephens Aug. 27, 2010
Here's a bit of interesting casting boys and girls.

John Cusack took to his twitter account to give everyone some news: "officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold - my way as i begin this journey into the abyss."

Lloyd Dobler has a major challenge facing him. Can Cusack nail, or at least closely nail the quiet, drunken charm of Poe? Well sure the women find the actor dreamy, but it's a lot more than that. Cusack is great but is essentially always very Cusack. I'll definitely been pulling for him.

John McTeigue's THE RAVEN has been on the radar for quite some time now. The film is more fiction than biographical and was described as a little like SE7EN by McTeigue, "Here'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)." Poe assists in finding the killer in a 5-day span. It sounds pretty awesome. Interweaving Poe's short stories into the movie will be a fun and interesting thing to do, especially to see what shape they end up taking.

At one time, Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor were up for the role of Poe.

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=33651
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John Cusack Announces He’ll Play Edgar Allan Poe In James McTeigue’s ‘The Raven’
Posted by The Movie God | August 28th, 2010 at 9:47 am | Trackback

It’s always strange when an actor decides to make an announcement about a role they’ll be playing instead of seeing it in a press release or through trade report.

Nevertheless, sometimes this does happen, and today John Cusack decided to share a sizable announcement via his Twitter account. The actor shared that he would be playing none other than Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s new movie, The Raven. Cusack tweeted “officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold – my way as i begin this journey into the abyss.”


What we know about the movie is that it will tell the story of Poe’s mysterious final days in the 19th century as he tries to solve a string of murders committed using the stories of Poe as inspiration. Along with The Raven, other classic tales being integrated into the film include Tell-Tale Heart, Premature Burial, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Cask of Amontillado, all with a tone comparable to that of David Fincher’s Se7en.

We had previously heard that The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner was also cast in the movie and that Ewan McGregor was in talks for a role, but with no confirmation on McGregor and Renner joining The Avengers and Mission: Impossible 4, it’s unclear where those two stand.

The Raven is written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston.
http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/08/28/john-cusack-announces-hell-play-edgar-allan-poe-in-james-mcteigues-the-raven/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+geeksofdoom+%28Geeks+of+Doom%29
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Stony Award Nominee John Cusack to Portray Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven
8/28/10 at 10:00 AM

John Cusack announced last night that he'll star in James McTeigue's The Raven, a film not actually based on the famous Poe poem of the same name. Instead, the fictional thriller takes place over the last five days in Poe's life, with a serial killer running around 1849 Baltimore using Poe's stories as inspiration for his murders. Cusack tweeted, "send any poe — gold — my way as i begin this journey into the abyss."

In related news, Cusack, who previously bragged about his Super Bowl–related mushroom trip (pictured), also tweeted, "i ave been nomintated as stoner of the year at the stony awards — for my gripping and tragic portrayal of adam in hot tub tme meachine." The typos were part of his Method acting!

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/08/cusack.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nymag%2Fvulture+%28Vulture+-+nymag.com%27s+Entertainment+and+Culture+Blog%29

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10:35 am - 08/28/2010

John Cusack is The Jingle Man
Cusack to star in 'The Raven'
Thesp will portray Edgar Allen Poe in biopic

John Cusack will star as Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven" for Intrepid Pictures and FilmNation. Cusack disclosed his attachment via a Twitter post Friday. Shooting is scheduled for late fall in Serbia with James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") directing.

Intrepid Principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce with FilmNation's Aaron Ryder, who brought the script to Intrepid.

Project's been in development for several years at FilmNation and Endgame, which is no longer involved. "The Raven" is based on a Hannah Shakespeare/Ben Livingston script set in the last five days of Poe's life, when a serial killer is running around Baltimore using Poe's stories as the backdrops to his killings. Poe and a young detective have a ticking clock to outsmart the killer before he kills again.

FilmNation will sell international rights, and Intrepid is in conversations with domestic distributors. Poe's best known work is the poem "The Raven," published in 1845. He died four years later at the age of 40 in Baltimore.

Cusack was seen most recently in MGM's "Hot Tub Time Machine."

Intrepid co-produced "The Strangers" and is co-producing and co-financing "The Cold Light of Day" with Summit, commencing principal photography Sept. 6 in Spain.

Two-year-old FilmNation is a foreign-sales and production banner and is in production on "The House at the End of the Street" with Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue.

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/50429895.html

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Cusack flies high in 'Raven'
Thesp will portray Edgar Allen Poe in biopic
By DAVE MCNARY

John Cusack will star as Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven" for Intrepid Pictures and FilmNation.
Cusack disclosed his attachment via a Twitter post Friday. Shooting is scheduled for late fall in Serbia with James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") directing.

Intrepid Principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce with FilmNation's Aaron Ryder, who brought the script to Intrepid.

Project's been in development for several years at FilmNation and Endgame, which is no longer involved. "The Raven" is based on a Hannah Shakespeare/Ben Livingston script set in the last five days of Poe's life, when a serial killer is running around Baltimore using Poe's stories as the backdrops to his killings. Poe and a young detective have a ticking clock to outsmart the killer before he kills again.

FilmNation will sell international rights, and Intrepid is in conversations with domestic distributors.

Poe's best known work is the poem "The Raven," published in 1845. He died four years later at the age of 40 in Baltimore.

Cusack was seen most recently in MGM's "Hot Tub Time Machine."

Intrepid co-produced "The Strangers" and is co-producing and co-financing "The Cold Light of Day" with Summit, commencing principal photography Sept. 6 in Spain.

Two-year-old FilmNation is a foreign-sales and production banner and is in production on "The House at the End of the Street" with Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118023465.html?categoryid=4076&cs=1&nid=2564&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+variety%2Fnews%2Ffilm+%28Variety+-+Film+News%29
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Shanghai(2009) (pre-production) (in negotiations)
The Factory (2009) (filming)
Igor (2008) (post-production) (voice) .... Igor
Summerhood (2008) (post-production)
(uncredited) .... Narrator
War, Inc. (2008) (completed) .... Brand Hauser
Martian Child (2007) .... David
1408 (2007) .... Mike Enslin
Grace Is Gone (2007) .... Stanley Philipps
The Contract (2006/I) .... Ray Keene
The Ice Harvest: Alternate Endings (2006) (V) .... Charlie
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Must Love Dogs (2005) .... Jake
Runaway Jury (2003) .... Nicholas Easter
Identity (2003) .... Ed
Max (2002/I) .... Max Rothman
Serendipity (2001) .... Jonathan Trager
America's Sweethearts (2001) .... Eddie Thomas
High Fidelity(2000) .... Rob Gordon
Being John Malkovich (1999) .... Craig Schwartz
Cradle Will Rock (1999) .... Nelson Rockefeller
Pushing Tin (1999) .... Nick Falzone
The Jack Bull (1999) (TV) .... Myrl Redding
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This Is My Father (1998/I) .... Eddie Sharp, the Pilot
Chicago Cab (1998) .... Scary Man
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Anastasia (1997) (voice) .... Dimitri
Con Air (1997) .... U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
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- Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven (1996) TV episode (voice) .... Greg
City Hall (1996) .... Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
The Road to Wellville (1994) .... Charles Ossining
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) .... David Shayne
Floundering (1994) .... JC
Money for Nothing (1993) .... Joey Coyle
Map of the Human Heart(1993) .... The Mapmaker
Bob Roberts (1992) .... Cutting Edge Host
Roadside Prophets (1992) (as John Cusak) .... Casper
Shadows and Fog(1992) .... Student Jack
True Colors(1991) .... Peter Burton
The Grifters(1990) .... Roy Dillon
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) .... Michael Merriman
Say Anything... (1989) .... Lloyd Dobler
Elvis Stories (1989) .... Corky
Tapeheads (1988) .... Ivan Alexeev
Eight Men Out (1988) .... George 'Buck' Weaver
Broadcast News (1987) (as John Cusak) .... Angry Messenger
Hot Pursuit (1987) .... Dan Bartlett
One Crazy Summer (1986) .... Hoops McCann
Stand by Me (1986) .... Denny Lachance
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) .... Harry
Better Off Dead... (1985) .... Lane Meyer
The Sure Thing (1985) .... Walter (Gib) Gibson
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) .... Johnny Maine
Sixteen Candles (1984) .... Bryce
Class(1983) .... Roscoe Maibaum