Scott Cooper Talks Building A Whodunit With Father Of The Murder Mystery Edgar Allan Poe In ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ – Contenders LA3C

Crazy heart writer-director Scott Cooper Deadline’s Contenders Join To Discuss LA3C Awards-Season Event the pale blue eyeHis adaptation of the Louis Baird novel about the gruesome murder at West Point while none other than Edgar Allan Poe was a cadet at the military academy.

Cooper teams with Christian Bale for the third time, with Bale playing a world-weary detective when a cadet is found hanged from a tree on the academy’s grounds. It turns into something more than a suicide when a telltale heartbreaking clue emerges: someone had hacked the cadet’s ticker after it was hacked to death. The detective meets a particularly dashing cadet named Poe (Harry Melling), and from there, it’s a whodunit with that genre’s creator at the center.

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“Nobody is who they appear in the film, and nobody knew it better than Edgar Allan Poe,” Cooper said. netflix Film panel. “After my first time Crazy heart, My father sent me the novel. Like Poe, I spent my formative years in Virginia, my father taught literature and English, and he said I read a very clever novel where Poe is at the center of a detective story. Poe gave us the detective novel as we know it. I thought it was dangerous enough to put Poe at the center of a detective story, and people know Poe for different reasons, someone who was obsessed with occultism and Satanism, tragedy and death, a master of the macabre. I wanted to tell an early Poe story, where he’s warm and funny and poetic and prone to romantic fantasy, and not what we’re used to seeing on screen.

With the crime drama, Cooper said what emerges is a father-son story between the detective and the young writer. “It’s been 10 or 11 years and Christian and I have been talking about this since we did our first film together, Out of furnace, … I probably wrote 20 or 30 drafts.”

Check back on Wednesday for the panel video.