The Pale Blue Eye: Netflix picks up Christian Bale thriller
Staff Reporter | On 08, Mar 2021
Netflix has picked up The Pale Blue Eye, a new thriller starring Christian Bale.
The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, is directed by Scott Cooper, who previously worked with Bale on Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.
The gothic crime drama, published in 2006, is set in 1830. At West Point Academy, 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.
Deadline reports that Cooper has wanted to make the film for more than a decade, and has written the script adapting the book for the screen. Now, he’s finally making it a reality, with Bale to play the veteran detective and Cross Creek (The Trial of the Chicago 7) producing, as part of its multi-film development deal with Streamline Global’s Chris Sharp, Emily Salveson and Ryan Smith. Bale and Cooper will both producer, alongside Birdman producer John Lesher and Cross Creek’s Tyler Thompson.
Netflix splashed $55 million to acquire the worldwide rights to the picture, which Deadline suggests is a record amount for a worldwide deal at the European Film Market. Netflix has also made two other big-ticket deals in the past week at the EFM, for the US rights to both The Ice Road and Operation Mincemeat.