Netflix Pays $55M For New Christian Bale Gothic Horror Movie

Netflix spent a whopping $55M for director Scott Cooper’s Gothic horror-thriller The Pale Blue Eye with Christian Bale. The streaming giant made the record-breaking deal at the European Film Market, beating out multiple competitors.

Bale plays a veteran detective investigating a series of murders at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point back in 1830. Better yet, he’s helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.

Cooper also penned the script based Louis Bayard’s novel. The plan is to shoot after Bale wraps Thor: Love and Thunder. Bale produces with Cooper, John Lesher (Birdman), Tyler Thompson, and also Cross Creek (The Trial Of The Chicago 7).

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Cooper most recently wrapped the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers. Bale’s next flick is Cooper and Bale also teamed up on Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.

Also here’s the book’s synopsis via Amazon: At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet’s body swinging from a rope. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man’s heart. Augustus Landor—who acquired some renown in his years as a New York City police detective—is called in to discreetly investigate. It’s a baffling case Landor must pursue in secret, for the scandal could do irreparable damage to the fledgling institution. But he finds help from an unexpected ally—a moody, young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The strange and haunted Southern poet for whom Landor develops a fatherly affection, is named Edgar Allan Poe.

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