The Scott brothers, Tony and Ridley, are producing a contemporary version of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, to be just called “Tell-Tale”. According to Scott Free president Michael Costigan: “‘Tell-Tale’ is a psychological thriller that sets Poe’s haunting tale against the backdrop of modern science.” Neither of the Scott boys will direct, instead the film will be helm by Michael Cuesta (“L.I.E.”) from a script by Dave Callaham (“Doom”). I’ve always been a fan of Poe’s; which one of us haven’t had to read “The Raven” in English class? The “Tell-Tale Heart” was also a personal favorite. It’s about an unnamed narrator (like most of Poe’s works, the story is told in first person) who kills an old man for his fortunes, cuts him up and buries him under the floorboards, only to start hearing the man’s heart “beating” as the cops show up.
The Poe-inspired film will be produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Costigan as well as Social Capital’s Christopher Tuffin and Martin Shore. Shore is a Santa Monica-based equity firm that was brought to Scott Free by indie film broker the Gordon Steel Co. Shore made his money in the real estate business, while Tuffin is a producer.
The film is budgeted at $20 million and will be shot in early 2008. Casting is under way.
Gordon Steel and partner John Baca suggested that the tone of the film likely will be a cross between “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Marathon Man.”
With production set for 2008, we’re looking at a 2009 release.