Idris Elba to adapt fantastical thriller Poe Must Die into trilogy

The Luther star is looking to turn Marc Olden's historical novel into a film trilogy

Idris Elba is planning to breathe life back into macabre poet Edgar Allan Poe. His production company, Green Door, is developing American author Marc Olden’s fantastical novel “Poe Must Die” into a trilogy.


The 1978 historical thriller follows the 19th century poet Edgar Allan Poe through the streets of New York City. Although haunted by demons of his own, Poe teams up with an ex-bare-knuckle fighter to combat demonic forces and stop a power-hungry sorcerer on a quest for immortality.

There’s no word yet on which side of the camera Elba will appear. In the past, the actor has produced episodes of his BBC detective drama Luther and documentaries including How Hip Hop Changed the World. He’s both behind and in front of the camera in Jim O’Hanlon’s upcoming film A Hundred Streets, which also stars Gemma Arterton and Samantha Barks.


This year Elba will also reprise two of his most memorable roles. He returns as the Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and – after a two-year hiatus – as Luther in a two-part special.