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Wachowski siblings protege and V For Vendetta director James McTeigue has been planning to direct The Raven for the past year, and at one point had Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor both in talks for roles (perhaps the same role?) in the film. We don’t know what happened with Mcgregor, while Renner is obviously going to be quite busy, between The Avengers, Mission: Impossible 4 (we’ll keep using that title for now) and possibly Paul Thomas Anderson’s project The Master.

But John Cusack has some free time, and today the actor said he’s confirmed to play Edgar Allan Poe in the film by McTeigue. Read More »

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Today I had the opportunity to talk with Ninja Assassin and V For Vendetta director James McTeigue. The full interview won’t be ready until later this week. For now, I thought I’d pass along some of the juicy news tidbits about some of his upcoming projects.

As many of you know, McTeigue started in Hollywood as a second assistant director on films like Dark City, and made a name for himself as the first assistant director on The Matrix films. He famously took the reigns from The Wachowski Brothers, directing¬† big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s comic book V For Vendetta (currently ranked #178 on IMDb’s top 250 of all time). His latest film, Ninja Assassin, hits theaters on November 25th. I caught a sneak preview screening during Comic-Con, and while I’m barred from reviewing the movie, I will say that the action is bloody awesome and worth the price of admission alone.

What’s next for McTeigue? The filmmaker, for the first time ever, reveals details about his next project — James is currently casting a period thriller titled The Raven, a fictionalized account of the final five “mysterious” days of Edgar Allan Poe‘s life. Apparently the famous writer joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.

More details on The Raven, and an update on Altered Carbon, available after the jump.

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