Kate Beckinsale in Talks for Edgar Allan Poe Adaptation ‘Eliza Graves’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 16th, 2013 at 12:08 pm,

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Millenium Films’ recently acquired project Eliza Graves already has a number of solid ingredients that make it worth keeping an eye on, not the least of which is the choice of Brad Anderson (The MachinistThe Call) as director. Writer Joseph Gangemi’s screenplay was pitched and bought at the American Film Market last October, and is based on an early story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Now, according to a recent report, Kate Beckinsale is in negotiations to play the title role, and with no other confirmed commitments ahead for her this year, it seems as though she has a good chance of being cast.

The original story on which Eliza Graves is based - The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether – is a dark comedy about a wandering traveller who, out of curiosity, investigates an insane asylum that is reputed to employ a highly liberal method of treatment that allows patients to wander freely about the grounds, and encourages the doctors to freely indulge and even encourage their delusions. Upon arriving at the asylum, however, the traveler discovers the patients locked away in cells and is told that an incident occurred a few weeks prior that forced the suspension of the ‘soothing system’.

Gangemi’s script has apparently changed a few details and fleshed out the story. The main character is now a Harvard Medical School graduate, the eponymous Eliza Graves, who arrives at the asylum and begins falling for one of the doctors there only to discover – like the protagonist of Poe’s story – that all is not as it seems.

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Beckinsale is a familiar face to horror fans, having played the lead in three Underworld films and the escape-the-room thriller Vacancy. Brad Anderson seems like an excellent choice for director, having launched his career with the insidiously creepy Session 9, which was also set in an old insane asylum and also explored the subject of insanity. Oren Peli, creator of Paranormal Activity, is onboard as a producer, along with Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson.

In its premise, Eliza Graves sounds similar to films like William Butler’s decent 2004 horror film Madhouse and Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island. It seems that mental hospitals are deep wells for potential nightmare fuel, though the setting isn’t always enough to save a fundamentally bad film (anyone remember Gothika?).

Eliza Graves is scheduled to begin shooting in Bulgaria on June 21st. We’ll keep you updated on any further casting news.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. moar Kate plz. nom nom nom.

  2. Kate Beckinsale appears as the lead in only three (not four) of the UNDERWORLD films; she did not appear in the third one.

    I’m a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe; but it appears that Dennis Lehane “found” his idea for SHUTTER ISLAND among the works of Poe, joining a distinguished list of other authors: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Homes (from Poe’s detective in Rue Morgue) and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray (from Poe’s Oval Portrait).

    If the adaptation is “modern-izing” or contemporized, it will make the source unrecognizable as Poe and (for the less informed) attributable to Lehane.

    No matter; with Kate, good writing, strong production values and competent direction should put the production and film above the typical “galloping mediocre” one has come to expect from Hollywood producers. Let’s pray.

  3. Off topic, but still… I still want to see Kate end the series with an epic “Underworld 5″. Fingers crossed.

  4. Anything Kate’s in has my ticket. She’s great. One of my favorite movies of hers in vacancy but serendipity is also great and of course the underworld movies.

  5. Sounds like an interesting premise. Kate is a very good actress who rarely gets credit for being so. She is a victim of either bad choices or a bad agent, or maybe a combination of both. She’s been in many very good films and given many very good performances. Unfortunately for her, she’s only known for stuff like Pearl Harbor, Van Helsing, Underworld, Total Recall, and Whiteout. There’s nothing wrong with those films, but they’re not the kind of films that would get Kate recognized for being a very good actress.

    Her best films and performances are Cold Comfort Farm, Haunted, Much Ado About Nothing, Last Days of Disco, Emma, Uncovered, Serendipity, The Aviator, Shooting Fish, Nothing But the Truth, and Snow Angels. Very few people seemed to have seen those and even if they have, they don’t remember her for them. Aviator might be the lone exception.

    So I hope this works out for her. She could use it. I can’t feel too sorry for her though. She’s gorgeous, rich, famous, and successful.

  6. It sounds a bit like Shutter Island. I prefer a bit of gothic horror to the POV Paranomal Activity genre so will give it a look when its released.

  7. All trolls here aside, this eurasian brit needs to get out of America and go back home across that ocean. Its career was over long ago and the Americans are cleaning house and they don’t do show business.