Idris Elba plans to transform Marc Olden’s novel Poe Must Die into a big-screen trilogy through his Green Door Production Co. shingle, Variety reports.
The story sets renowned author Edgar Allen Poe as the hero against a man named Jonathan, who wants to find Solomon’s Throne so he can help Lucifer create Hell on Earth. Poe is joined by James Figg, a boxer sent to the author by Charles Dickens. It’s unclear what role Elba will play in the projects beyond producer.
Here’s the book’s synopsis from publisher Mysterious Press:
A satanist threatens the planet, and only Poe has the imagination to stop him.
It is said that beneath Solomon’s glorious throne, books were buried that gave the fabled king control over life, death, and demonic power. The throne has been lost for millennia, but now one man seeks to find it, and harness its secrets to unleash hell upon the world. Jonathan is the most powerful psychic on earth, and in service of his god Lucifer he will tear civilization apart. To combat his dark designs, mankind’s hopes rest on a half-mad alcoholic named Edgar Allan Poe.
In the shadows of New York City, Poe drowns his talent in rotgut gin, trying to forget the death of his beloved wife. A bare-knuckle fighter named Pierce James Figg arrives with a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens, to beg Poe’s help chasing down the power-mad devil worshiper. Writer and fighter will stand together, to save humanity from a darkness beyond even Poe’s tortured imagination.
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