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Old 11-14-07, 04:22 PM
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Yo, Poe: Sylvester Stallone's Edgar Allan Poe movie

Just saw this casting rumor about Sylvester Stallone' Edgar Allan Poe biopic:

Scoop: Viggo Mortensen Is Edgar Allan Poe
By Josh Tyler: 2007-11-14 01:46:54

Sylvester Stallone is currently busy finishing up work on Rambo IV, and may even end up doing a Rambo V, but the Sly project I’m most interested in is the one he’s doing after Rambo, a film about tortured poet Edgar Allan Poe. The movie’s traveled a rocky road to get going, but it’s starting to look like Poe will actually get made. If the film finally does happen, we may know who Stallone is casting as his Edgar Allan.

Tonight we got a fittingly strange email (Poe and weird just go together), which appears to be from one of our regular scoopers. This is a guy who’s given us at least somewhat reliable information before, so this could actually be something. Or, it could be just another Stallone related hoax, like the Stallone for Shutter Island rumor some fell for earlier this week. So read on, and take this for what it is: unconfirmed rumor.

Our source says, “Stallone has recently met with Viggo Mortensen and has offered him the role of Edgar Allan Poe in the film. Mortensen is consdiering the role although he wants some slight revisions in the script.” Yep, Viggo Mortensen could end up doing drugs and quothing the Raven for Sly. How cool is that notion?

At one point Robert Downey Jr. was rumored to be up for this part, but that was so long ago he’s almost certainly moved on by now. Viggo Mortensen is currently shooting a movie called Appaloosa for Ed Harris, but after that he may be free to squeeze something like Poe in. Of course with the strike on, who knows when they’ll be able to start filming Poe anyway, so scheduling wouldn’t be a problem. And if what our source says is true, then it sounds like he’s not only been offered it, but he’s at least a little interested in it.

As I write this it’s a little after midnight, which means there’s no chance of getting any confirmation until morning, and even then odds are slim I’ll be able to reach anyone. Isn’t everyone in Hollywood either at home or standing in the street striking? We’ll give it our best shot though, and let you know as soon as we’re able to get some sort of official word on the validity of this rumor.

Personally, I’d love to see Viggo try something like this. He’s done some amazing work since Lord of the Rings, but almost all of it has played in some way on his action hero persona. This would be a chance for him to toss out all the muscle-bound action junk and simply act.

UPDATE! We've been able to get a little more information from our source this morning, and a lot of what he's saying checks out. This is starting to look credible. Additionally, our source has also told us that if Viggo doesn't take the part, Clifton Collins Jr. (recently cast in Star Trek) and John Hawkes are being considered as backup options for the role.
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Neat. I'm liking what Stallone is doing with his stuff.
Old 11-15-07, 09:05 AM
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John Hawkes does look a lot like Poe, but Downey would do an amazing job. Not too sure about Mortensen.
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I'd be impressed if John Hawkes could get the lead role in such a project.
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The obvious right choice would be Johnny Depp. Followed by Ed Norton. IMO.
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Didn't Michael Jackson want to play Poe, too? Thank heaven that never happened.
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Originally Posted by Steve Phillips
Didn't Michael Jackson want to play Poe, too? Thank heaven that never happened.
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
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Re: Yo, Poe: Sylvester Stallone's Edgar Allan Poe movie

No real news, but he talked about it:

Sylvester Stallone Has A 'Poe' Update And More Explanation On The End Of 'Rambo'

Posted 8/11/10 11:28 am ET by Adam Rosenberg in News

Sylvester Stallone is throwing back to his '80s fame this week in the ensemble action romp, "The Expendables." As one of the premiere action stars of the past 30 years, it's very exciting to see him going back to his roots, especially with the great cast he's surrounded himself with.

MTV's Josh Horowitz spoke to Stallone about "The Expendables" at San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago, and talk inevitably turned to two other projects with roots in the actor's past.

First was "Poe," a biopic about the late horror author Edgar Allen Poe that Stallone has had his heart set on doing for a long, long time. "I will direct it, but it's never gonna live up to the hype," he said. He jokingly added, "No matter what I do it's going to bomb, totally. Totally! When you've been talking about something for 30 years, it's impossible [to live up to those expectations]."

Robert Downey Jr. was at once point attached to star as the titular author, so Josh asked if the "Iron Man" star is still on board. He didn't say one way or another, but he admitted that the role needs to go to someone "special."

"It has be like Downey, I designed it for Downey," he explained. "Perhaps I could re-work the script. [Maybe] Johnny Depp. It needs a very special actor like that." While it doesn't sound like there's been any recent momentum on the project, Stallone was quick to add, "I'm sure there's something on the horizon."

Then there's his famed Vietnam vet, John Rambo. It's been widely known for a number of weeks now that Stallone is done with playing the character. The 2008 entry, "Rambo," was well-received and there had been talk for awhile of another movie to follow it, but Stallone thinks the seemingly unkillable warrior has earned a rest.

"I just don't know. You've seen everything and I would be repeating myself," he said. "If the action takes place in America or Mexico, that means by the end of the film Rambo's on the run. And I think he's been running enough, for 30 years, he's gotta stop running. So I thought maybe this is best laid to rest."
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Re: Yo, Poe: Sylvester Stallone's Edgar Allan Poe movie

Interesting that he hasn't forgotten about it. I'd go see it.
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Re: Yo, Poe: Sylvester Stallone's Edgar Allan Poe movie

Still something he wants to do:

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