'House of Usher' adaptation in the works

Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott, Rufus Sewell will star

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CANNES -- Indie banner Green Knight Ventures will produce a contemporary adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story "The Fall of the House of Usher."

Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott and Rufus Sewell will star in the pic, which will be titled "The Ushers" and be shot in 3-D. Stephen Kay is attached to direct.

Originally published in 1839, "Usher" tells of the mysterious goings-on in the house of Roderick Usher, who has recently buried a sister whose presence still haunts the house.

"Ushers" will look at a grown brother and sister who have lived in the same Martha's Vineyard house for a long time but begin to feel trapped there, and who then bring in a real-estate broker to help them resolve their crisis.

Stefano Gallini Durante and Pete Maggi will produce, while Gian Marco Masoni penned the screenplay.

Green Knight is behind Colin Firth crime thriller "The Meat Trade." The Little Film Co. is repping sales of the project in the Cannes market.
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