That’s right; imagine Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” in deep space and you’ve got ORBIT. Check out the press release:
Filmmakers Jettison Edgar Allan Poe
Masterwork into Deep Space
Crowdfunding campaign launches to reimagine Poe’s 1843
“The Tell-Tale Heart” against science fiction backdrop
Los Angeles, CA – Filmmakers Don Thiel III and Nicholas Camp announce the launch of the Indiegogo campaign that will support ORBIT – a science fiction reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Inspired by sci-fi classics from the 1960s and 1970s, ORBIT depicts one man’s madness set against the isolated backdrop of deep space. Co-directing and producing the film, Thiel will serve as Director of Photography while Camp will lead editing efforts. Special attention will be paid to practical effects and elaborate set design. Despite its futuristic environment, the “tense, creepy, visually stunning sci-fi thriller” will draw directly from Poe’s original piece.
“When writing the script, I realized that I didn’t need to alter Poe’s story for a single moment to justify the space setting,” Camp says. “The space station will even amplify the narrator’s motivation for madness since it’s isolated in the depths of space, orbiting around a mysterious planet.”
This is Thiel’s second time envisioning Poe’s work in an anachronistic setting. His 2011 short, The Raven, set in 1950s Hollywood, has garnered film festival acclaim, including selection by Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro to receive Best Short Film at the 2011 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.
“I think the great thing about [Edgar Allan] Poe’s work is that it’s timeless,” Thiel says. “He may have been writing in the 1800s, but the themes and characters and the world he created are really applicable in any time period.”
The crowdfunding campaign, which launched on February 19th on Indiegogo, aims to raise $20,000 to directly support production costs. Reward incentives range from digital downloads and behind-the-scenes access (Black Cat level) to a $5,000 package that includes a walk-on role in the film, premiere tickets and memorabilia, including a framed storyboard (That Hideous Heart level).
Production of the film will take place in Los Angeles and is scheduled to begin this spring.
As most of you most likely are, I’m a huge fan of Poe and “The Tell-Tale Heart” is one of my favorite short stories. To learn more about this project you can follow their official Twitter feed and be sure to visit their Indiegogo fundraising page. For now you can check out their pitch trailer: