Early this morning, ComingSoon.net/ShockTillYouDrop.com had a chance to talk to director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) about his gory action-thriller Ninja Assassin. Being that the movie was shot well over a year ago, McTeigue is already well into development on his next project, called The Raven, which isn’t in fact a literal adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story which spawned a classic bit of ’60s horror which teamed Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff under the auspices of Roger Corman.
McTeigue told us a little more about the general plot of the movie which looks to start production sometime next year. “There’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).”
The director has just been in Europe looking for locations that would double for the film’s period setting. “There’s a European sensibility that could be cool. You could totally get into world creation where I can say, ‘This is my version of 1850’s Baltimore,’ because the Poe film is a fictionalized account, his last five days. It’s not real.”
Look for more on McTeigue’s take on Poe and his other projects in our full interview over on ComingSoon.net sometime before Ninja Assassin opens on November 25.