Idris Elba Developing Thriller ‘Poe Must Die’ as Trilogy

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Idris Elba is developing Marc Olden’s historic thriller “Poe Must Die” as a trilogy through his Green Door Production Co.

The story, published in 1978, is set in New York City in the 1840s, with Edgar Allan Poe fighting demonic forces and his personal demons while teaming with a renowned fighter pursuing a sorcerer who murdered the fighter’s wife. The sorcerer is seeking the Throne of Solomon, which will grant him immortality and control over Lucifer.

Elba is producing and starring in Jim O’Hanlon’s drama “A Hundred Streets” along with Gemma Arterton, Samantha Banks, Ken Stott, Charlie Creed-Miles, Tom Cullen and Steve Mackintosh. The British actor will be seen in Marvel-Disney’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and is voicing Shere Khan in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”

The option deal for “Poe Must Die” was negotiated by Dana Spector at Paradigm, on behalf of Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency.

The news was first reported by Publishers Weekly.

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  1. robespierrette says:

    Isn’t that supposed to be “with … Samantha Barks”, not “Banks”?

  2. Mary McLarty says:

    Idris is “developing” this project…will he be starring in it too? Or is this his project as a producer?

  3. DAC says:

    wow what a stereotype – smh – Elba did not write the article jackass

  4. Amy says:

    Please leave in peace to Poe!

  5. Peter Doyle says:

    Sounds rather like “‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”-and that didn’t turn out well at all….

    • cdhaskell says:

      I must agree with Peter Doyle about the Abe movie. You must be a very loyal fan to sit through the whole film. I hope that Mr. Elba learn from the Abe movie and avoid the mistake. Good luck to Mr. Elba.

  6. cdhaskell says:

    I can’t wait to see Idris Elba’s thriller Poe Must Die when it finally debut. I know that it will be a winner.

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