Fortress takes on Poe thriller

Fortress Entertainment has optioned the Stephen Marlowe novel “The Lighthouse at the End of the World” and has hired Merritt Johnson to adapt the dramatic thriller based on the mysterious disappearance of Edgar Allan Poe.

Jonathan Sanger (“Suspect Zero,” “The Producers”) will produce.

“Lighthouse” concerns the disappearance of the 19th century American author and poet just prior to his death. In 1849, he was found in a Baltimore gutter, drunk and dying, after having been missing for a week.

Fortress’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti will exec produce.

Vet TV producers Marian Rees and Anne Hopkins, who previously bought the rights to the book almost a decade ago, brought the project to Fortress and will exec produce.

Before teaming with Fortress, Rees and Hopkins worked with David Lynch (as an exec producer, not director) on the project, then being adapted by Christopher DeVore.

Johnson was recently hired to write “Lovelace,” the biopic starring Courtney Love as Linda Lovelace, the 1970’s “Deep Throat” porn star, for Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Prods.

Fortress funded Endgame Entertainment‘s acquisition of Andy Behrman’s “Electroboy,” with Tobey Maguire attached to star, and has partnered with Thunder Road Prods. to produce “Bull,” based on the true story of three celebrated bull riders.

Shingle is also producing “Dreamtective,” based on Elizabeth Swados‘ teen fantasy novel, with producer David Permut.

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