The Untitled Raven Project

Posted by Glennis Byron on May 05, 2011 in News tagged with , ,

James McTeigue’s film of Edgar Allan Poe’s final days has apparently lost its title. Initially named after Poe’s poem The Raven, it is now being referred to as The Untitled Raven Project.

Release date has been announced as 9 March 2012. The story is a fictionalised version of Poe’s last days, as he attempts to hunt down a serial killer basing his MO on Poe’s stories. McTeague, in an interview, has described the film as ‘like the poem, The Raven, itself, crossed with Se7en.’ John Cusack takes the role of Poe, with co-stars Luke Evans as a Baltimore police inspector and Alice Eve as Poe’s fiancee.

The circumstances of Poe’s death at the age of 40 have always remained something of a mystery. He had traveled by train from Richmond, Virginia to Baltimore on September 28. While in Richmond, he had proposed  to the woman who would have become his second wife. Poe had intended to continue on to Philadelphia to finalize some business when he became ill.

He was discovered lying unconscious on a wooden plank outside a saloon  in Baltimore and taken to Washington College Hospital. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre,

Historical accounts of his hospitalization indicate that at first he was delirious with tremors and hallucinations, then he slipped into a coma. He emerged from the coma, was calm and lucid, but then lapsed again into a delirious state, became combative, and required restraint. He died on his fourth day in the hospital. According to an account published in the Maryland Historical Magazine in December 1978, the Baltimore Commissioner of Health, Dr. J.F.C. Handel certified that the cause of Poe’s death was “congestion of the brain.”

Since then, explanations for Poe’s death have ranged widely from alcoholism to rabies.

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