Scott Planning Poe’s Tell-Tale

Scott Free Prods. is planning the $20 million psychological thriller “Tell-Tale,” a modern-day reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Director Michael Cuesta and screenwriter Dave Callaham are handling the tale which will update the story against the backdrop of modern science.

The original story follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity despite his murder of an old man with a vulture eye. The murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards but ultimately, the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man’s heart is still beating under the floorboards.

The Poe-inspired film will be produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan. Casting is under way with an early 2008 release planned.