Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Capote v. Infamous: Part Two

Many of you will remember the hullabaloo regarding the "2 Capote movies" last year and the year before. I've seen both, preferred Capote but still loved Infamous. Anyway, it looks like 2008 and 2009 will present a similar situation. Except now, even the titles are the same. The writer in subject here is none other than Edgar Allen Poe, one of the finest, and darkest, writers of all time.

Here is the link to Poe, scheduled to be released in 2008. Note the type of film this is.

Here is a link to Poe, scheduled to be released in 2009. Note the director choice. What's up with that?

I looked at the animated Poe's director and I didn't recognize any of his work, although he does have an Academy Award nomination for a short (animated) film of his. This might not go mainstream, but with a cast of Hugh Dancy (as the eponymous writer), Dianne Wiest, and Alfred Molina, this could easily be a dark animated hit. Possibly in the vein of Corpse Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas. Imagine if Burton was going to do this, that would be awesome. This is still a cool concept.

Viggo Mortensen is rumored to play Poe in Stallone's version of Poe. This, unlike the other, is live action. If played correctly, which I believe he could, Mortensen could face serious awards consideration for this role. But, keep in mind, Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay. I'm, personally, not a fan of his (besides the original Rocky). But, his screenplays are comparable to George Lucas' romantic dialogue. But, who knows, maybe his screenplay is good. We'll see.

This situation could prove a bit more difficult to compare than the Capotes. Either way, here's hoping Viggo is cast as Poe.

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