Hollywood loves Edgar Allen Poe, and they love his story "The Fall of the House of Usher." They love it so much that they're going to make yet again, despite the story having a silver screen legacy that spans more than 10 variant adaptations. On the heels of a new Poe-inspired "Tell-Tale Heart" movie starring Josh Lucas, the latest adaptation of "The House of Usher" will be shot in 3-D bearing a simplified title: "The Ushers."
Produced by Green Knight Ventures, "The Ushers" will star Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott and Rufus Sewell, with Stephen Kay attached to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Green Knight is thus far best known for their Colin Firth crime thriller "The Meat Trade."
The vast library of "Fall of the House of Usher" movie adaptations most famously includes Vincent Price in the lead role of Roderick Usher for Roger Corman's 1960 film. As recently as 2008, director David DeCoteau made his own "House of Usher" creation, featuring a modern rendition of the tale with lots of shirtless boys.
The original "Usher" story follows an unnamed visitor and friend of the family. He arrives at the titular house only to learn that both Roderick Usher and his sister Madeleine have fallen into a sort of madness. The situation only gets worse from there, as the madness begins to spread. Poe's bizarre horror tale is laced with supernatural ambiguity and its shocking ending has been a reference point for writers and filmmakers alike over the century and a half since it was written.
The new film will reportedly be set in Martha's Vineyard, and will feature two siblings who begin to feel trapped in their estate. The pair decide to hire a real estate broker to help solve their problems. Whether this will turn into a strange commentary on today's abysmal housing market remains to be seen, but it's probably a safe bet that we'll see some level of social commentary in the final cut.
What do you think of the new cast for "The Ushers"? How about the decision to film the adaptation in 3-D? Do you have any favorite Edgar Allan Poe stories that you think have been overlooked for movie treatments? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!