Relativity Media Picks Up Mystery-Thriller 'The Raven'

John Cusack - The 13th Shanghai International Film Festival - 2010
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John Cusack stars as Edgar Allen Poe.


Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media has picked up Intrepid Pictures' mystery-thriller The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe.

Director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) recently wrapped production on the period pic. In the film, Poe's final days are spent trying to hunt down a serial killer who is inspired by Poe's writings.

Relativity announced the acquisition of U.S. Distribution rights Thursday morning.

Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty) and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy) penned the script. Luke Evans (Immortals), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter), Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster) also star.

Relativity hasn't set a release date for the film which was produced and fully financed by Intrepid.

"Edgar Allen Poe's name is synonymous with legendary tales of suspense, and we love the idea of a thriller with Poe at its center, McTeigue at the helm and a talented cast bringing it all to life," Relativity president of worldwide production Tucker Tooley said.

It's possible Relativity will change the title. A film with the same name, but different subject matter, is in development at Universal.

Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing for Intrepid, alongside Aaron Ryder for FilmNation, who brought the project to Intrepid. Galavis Films' Jesus Martinez is executive producing. FilmNation is repping foreign rights to the film, which was shot on location in Hungary and Serbia.

"We're excited to partner with the Relativity team on this thrilling feature, which capitalizes on the popularity of Edgar Allen Poe and his classic tales," said Macy and Evans in a joint statement. "We're also very pleased that Relativity is committed to helping deliver this film to the widest possible audience." 

Intrepid's previous credits include The Strangers. Company is next in theaters with The Cold Light of Day.