Now playing at theaters everywhere is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven. If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack). Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve). The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson. For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.
Recently, I got to sit down with producers Aaron Ryder and Marc Evans for an extended interview. We talked about how they got involved in The Raven, the rating, deleted scenes, how the script changed when the actors got cast, Poe’s dark and extraordinary life, and more. In addition, they also talked about their upcoming projects like House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff Nichols‘ Mud, The Cold Light of Day and The Strangers 2. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Chris Pine may star in Mud, the new drama from Take Shelter writer-director Jeff Nichols. 24 Frames reports that Pine would play the title character, fugitive who encounters two 14-year-old boys who attempt to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi. Rather than the hard-charging hero Pine has played in his recent films, Mud “is both an unsavory and a redemptive character and who teaches the boys as much as he learns from them.” Producer Aaron Ryder (Memento) says the film is in the vein of Stand By Me. FilmDistrict, which has been cleaning up at Cannes, will distribute.
Folks familiar with Pine’s acclaimed work on stage will probably be less unsurprised to hear him talking on more serious dramatic work in films. He’s got a nice mix of action and drama coming up with the untitled Jack Ryan reboot churning through development, Star Trek 2 likely to shoot sometime this year, and Alex Kurtzman’s family drama Welcome to People. He’ll next be seen in McG’s action-comedy This Means War. As for Nichols, some folks loved Take Shelter, but I thought it moved a bit too slowly and could use a bit of editing even though star Michael Shannon was electrifying.
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Max Thieriot (Jumper) have been cast in Mark Tonderai’s horror film House at the End of the Street. Lawrence will play a teenage girl who moves to a new neighborhood and discovers that a double murder occurred in the house across the street. The girl befriends the crime’s only survivor, played by Theriot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film “is looking to be to Psycho what Disturbia was to Rear Window.” Aaron Ryder, Peter Block, and Tim Williams are producing, along with Hal Lieberman and Jonathan Mostow. David Loucka wrote the script based on a story by Mostow.
Jennifer Lawrence is earning raves for her performance in the indie drama Winter’s Bone, while Max Thieriot recently tested for a lead in Justice League and can next be seen in Wes Craven’s fall release My Soul to Take. Production on House at the End of the Street is set to begin this July in Ottawa.