Recycling Writers into Action Heroes

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe
Quoth the raven…
I’ll probably wait for The Raven on DVD or on Demand. You know that new movie starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, wherein the famous author goes hunting a murderer who’s imitating the plots from his stories? It’s not that I don’t like Cusack, because I do. Or that I don’t like Poe, because I absolutely love him. No, it’s just that as a movie I am not sure whether it will be any good.

Sony pictures, however, is counting on most people feeling differently. They’ve acquired the rights to a new project they are keeping very close to the vest called The Royal Honour Society. According to The Hollywood Reporter,

Details are vague, but it’s described as the iconic stories of some of England’s greatest writers from the late 19th century—among them H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—together in an action-adventure tale.

It’s hard to tell from that snippet, but according to other sites, the authors themselves will be the protagonists, which could make for an interesting period piece. What do you think of this trend of making heroes out of authors?


  1. Christopher Morgan

    It didn’t really work with the film version of League of Extrodinary Gentlemen, so maybe they are thinking that it will work with the authors instead? The question is who will Sean Connery play?

  2. Clare 2e

    Wow- The LoEG was a movie redolent with stank. I get that this approach allows filmmakers to do period pieces with a vibe that echoes the books but without the strictures of the stories as already written. Still, for most writers I know–unless they have standing desks–necessarily, their most developed muscles cradle the sitting bones.

  3. Poppy Fields

    I think this movie looks amazing and if anyone can pull it off it is John Cuzack. I think “The Royal Honour Society” has great potential for some fabulous movies if the are done well. I am hoping they are in the same vain as the Sherlock series from BBC. If so I am all in!

  4. Deborah Lacy

    I like the concept. It’s fun. I cannot think of one example of a good implementation though.

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