Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart Being Reimagined Under Ridley and Tony Scott

October 31, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Tell-Tale Heart

Brothers and well-known filmmakers Ridley and Tony Scott's production company Scott Free Productions will produce Tell-Tale, a modern-day reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Tell-Tale Heart". The film is written by Dave Callaham (Doom) and will be directed by Michael Cuesta, who has primarily worked as the director on a number of episodes of "Six Feet Under" and "Dexter". Both Ridley and Tony will produce and have a hand in developing the film.

Tell-Tale is described as "a psychological thriller that sets Poe's haunting tale against the backdrop of modern science" with a tone that is a cross between Jacob's Ladder and Marathon Man. The budget is only $20 million and it will begin shooting in early 2008. Casting is currently underway.

This seems incredibly interesting, even moreso given how low of a budget it has. I would expect a high concept like this to get a budget of at least $50 million+, but thankfully $20 million sounds like the perfect lil' amount. However, can such a well-known classic like "The Tell-Tale Heart" really be reimagined without being butchered? Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out and if it will be creepier than I remember or not.

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  • Alexus Biancavilla
    I love this film . I went to the musume yesterday and to the grave yard and to his house! I was so excited to read this and I just wanted to let you know that I love it very much! I think you should get a raise or somthing lol but I am an 8th grader at Chester Middle School and we are learning about Poe and i just felt like leaving you a note about how much me and well almost everyone has enjoyed it alot!
  • I loved this story so much well i love all his storys he's a very great writer one of the greatis of all time. I cant wait to read every thing else that he has made the raven is one of my faves love it.




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