Oren Peli Set to Direct 'Eliza Graves' from Edgar Allen Poe Story
Though he may not be able to snag a cameo in The Hangover 2, it looks like Mel Gibson is still staying busy behind the camera. His Icon Productions banner has just set up a new project with breakout director Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). Variety reports the filmmaker has signed on to direct Eliza Graves, a film loosely based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. The film will follow a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants. In a way, it kind of sounds like the exact opposite of Shutter Island.
This will be Oren Peli's first film that doesn't employ the "found footage" method of unraveling the narrative, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles directing in this format. Apparently the project has been gestating for over ten years with people like Jodie Foster interested in directing and actors like Ian McKellan and Natalie Portman being connected to a couple lead roles. For now, no casting information is available, but if this will be Peli's next project, then I'm sure we'll find out more on that front sometime soon. Sobini Films is producing alongside Gibson's banner as well, and hopefully both companies have made a smart decision to trust in Peli's directing skills outside of the "found footage" narrative technique. What do you guys think?