Anyone see the Masters of Horror episode “The Black Cat”? It was directed by the awesomely awesome Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe and starred the incomparable Jeffrey Combs as Poe. It was the best episode of that show’s weak second season, and Combs’ performance as Poe was so immersive that he hit the stage for a one-man show called “Nevermore” based on the Baltimore author’s tragic life.
Now a bigger named star is tackling the author and the first image is…unimpressive. John Cusack is currently shooting The Raven for director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) and DreadCentral.com has provided a first look. In “The Black Cat”, Combs was a dead ringer for Poe while here…well, it’s clearly John Cusack. The film is apparently a serial killer thriller in which Poe teams with a detective (Luke Evans) to track down a murderer who’s kidnapped Poe’s fiancé. Ewan McGregor and Alice Eve co-star.