Idris Elba Making Trilogy about Edgar Allan Poe Fighting the Devil

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If you’ve been hoping to see a trilogy of films about Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe fighting Satan, well, you are in luck. The Wire alum Idris Elba is producing three films based on Marc Olden’s 1978 novel Poe Must Die. Here is the Amazon book summary:

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.

There’s no news on dates or actors yet. Elba is currently only slated to produce, not act.

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