Christian Bale will be entering into the dark and seductive world of the gothic for his next project, The Pale Blue Eye.

Netflix has been characteristically busy at this week’s European Film Markey, snapping up a string of films to add to its upcoming slate, including paying $15m for North and Latin American rights for Colin Firth-headlined upcoming WWII thriller, Operation Mincemeat, and shelling out $18m for Liam Neeson’s latest action role in The Ice Road. However, it’s the $55m the streaming giant have stumped up for Christian Bale’s latest yet-to-film project that has made headlines.

The project, which sees Bale reunite with director Scott Cooper – with whom he made Hostiles – is set to film once the actor completes his work on Thor: Love & Thunder and the as yet-untitled David O Russell project 1970s-set project that is set in California’s San Fernando Valley. Both films are presently in production.

The plot of The Pale Blue Eye certainly sounds interesting, focusing on ‘on an attempt to solve a series of murders that took place at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1830. Oscar-winner Bale reunites with Cooper, director of the 2017 Western Hostiles, playing a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a young-cadet who will later become world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.’

The film’s title is a reference to a line from one of Poe’s most macabre and gothic stories, The Tell-Tale Heart. 

We’re certainly curious to see how this one develops. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, especially regarding the casting of Bale’s co-star as the legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The Hollywood Reporter

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