Who wants to see a drunk Edgar Allan Poe fight the devil? WE DO! WE DO! Beloved actor Idris Alba is about to bring that fantasy to life in a three-part movie series titled Poe Must Die. This is all the right kinds of crazy.
Variety is reporting that Elba is producing a historical thriller trilogy based on the book Poe Must Die by Marc Olden. Elba's Green Door Production Co. will be overseeing the big-screen adaptation of the 1978 book. It's a kind of zany story that turns famous authors and poets into warriors for justice. Here's the official Amazon summary:
It is said that beneath Solomon's glorious throne, books were buried that gave the fabled king control over life, death, and demonic power. The throne has been lost for millennia, but now one man seeks to find it, and harness its secrets to unleash hell upon the world. Jonathan is the most powerful psychic on earth, and in service of his god Lucifer he will tear civilization apart. To combat his dark designs, mankind's hopes rest on a half-mad alcoholic named Edgar Allan Poe.
In the shadows of New York City, Poe drowns his talent in rotgut gin, trying to forget the death of his beloved wife. A bare-knuckle fighter named Pierce James Figg arrives with a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens, to beg Poe's help chasing down the power-mad devil worshiper. Writer and fighter will stand together, to save humanity from a darkness beyond even Poe's tortured imagination.
Now Elba is only producing this feature so far, not starring in it. But we can hope. It would be great to see Elba bashing around New York, fighting Victorian crime in a lovely three-piece suit and hat. But who knows. We'll keep you updated on the trilogy's progress.