Louis Bayard‘s 2003 novel The Pale Blue Eye is being adapted for the big screen by Antlers director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Antlers) who also penned the screenplay, according to Deadline. But that’s not all, Cooper will be reuniting with Oscar-winning American Psycho and The Dark Knight actor Christian Bale who is set to star. The two previously worked together on both Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.
Deadline reports that “The thriller revolves around the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the US Military Academy at West Point. Bale will play a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.”
Even though Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston and died, delirious, in Baltimore, the majority of his life was spent in Virginia, my home state,” Scott Cooper said in a statement. “So I grew up with his presence. He bequeathed us the detective genre, and he’s still such a presence in our culture, with every horror, mystery and science fiction writer indebted to Poe. This is my attempt at a large canvas whodunit, with a serial killer at its center. I want to make films that push me into a different, maybe uncomfortable space.”
The star who will play the role of Poe has yet to announced. Cross Creek is both financing and producing the film. Bale will also be producing.
We will keep you posted as more information comes to light.