Barker digs up Edgar Allan Poe for Walden Media

Horror master Clive Barker is developing a young-adult thriller centered on the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.

The film will revolve around a group of teenagers who attempt to uncover what happened during the last two weeks of Poe’s life. They inadvertently trigger a curse that unlocks Poe’s nightmares from which they must escape.

Barker has partnered on the project with Walden Media, the family-oriented firm behind the “Narnia” franchise.

“By focusing on mood and atmosphere rather than blood and guts, Clive Barker brings a smart, literate take on the horror genre that will expose young audiences to its great literary underpinnings,” said Alex Schwartz, executive VP of production at Walden Media.

“I think we might have a chance with this project to bring the character of Poe alive for a new audience and weave his shadowy existence into the dark enchantments of his stories so that for our protagonist, and for our audience, it will be difficult to be sure where one finishes and the other takes flight,” Barker said.

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