McTeigue Talks “Raven”, Comic Book Films

Director James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) tells /Film that his next feature, “The Raven,” recasts famed horror author Edgar Allan Poe as a profiler.

“It’s like the poem, The Raven, itself, crossed with Se7en” says McTeigue about the project which has Poe joining the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.

The film’s setting takes place during the final week leading up to Poe’s death in 1849, during which the author essentially vanished for several days with no account of his whereabouts.

A similar unaccountable disappearance happened early in the career of fellow author Agatha Christie some seventy-seven years later. The Vanessa Redgrave film “Agatha” and a recent episode of British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” both used the same idea as ‘Raven’ of using a fictional mystery/hunt with the author’s work playing a major influence to fill in the events of that missing period.

After his disappearance, Poe himself was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in great distress and repeating the name Reynolds. He died in hospital several days later with no explanation as to what happened.

Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston penned the screenplay.

Meanwhile McTeigue also took the opportunity to shoot down some other rumored projects he’d been attached to. Though the Wachowski’s did do a “Plastic Man” script, he says “I’ll be very surprised if that movie gets made. We haven’t ever really talked about it.”

What about the “Magneto” spin-off movie that he was linked to earlier this year? “[Magneto] was just one of those rumors that started out and I don’t know where it came from or how it came up.”