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Edgar Allan Poe only made $9 for his poem "The Raven".
The film posits a fictional representation of the last days in the life of Edgar Allan Poe. In reality, no one actually knows how Poe spent his last days, his death being shrouded in mystery.
The first trailer was released on 7 October 2011, 112 years to the day after Poe's mysterious death.
Joaquin Phoenix was at one point in negotiations to star in the project together with Jeremy Renner. Phoenix would have played Poe to Renner's police inspector Fields, but the deal fell through when Renner decided to do Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
Ewan McGregor (as Edgar Allan Poe) and Jeremy Renner (as Inspector Emmet Fields) were originally attached to star, but dropped out.
Although set in Baltimore, the film was actually made in Hungary and Serbia with a mainly British cast playing Americans. John Cusack is the only American in the main cast.
Noomi Rapace was offered the role of Emily.
Some scenes were shot on the same sets as the BBC Jonas Armstrong starring version of Robin Hood (2006).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The words Poe utters before his death in the movie ("May God have mercy on my poor soul") were, reportedly, the real Edgar Allan Poe's actual last words.
The man who is cut in half by the swinging ax is Rufus Wilmot Griswold. In real life, upon Poe's death, Griswold wrote an unfavorable obituary for Poe which was first published in the October 9, 1849 issue of the New York Tribune. Additionally Griswold wrote a biographical article about Poe painting him as a depraved, drunk, drug-addled madman. Writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare wrote Griswold's fictional death scene as revenge.
In the dance scene, there are people disguised with wings, resembling ravens.
Alice Eve spent two days in a box for her scenes of the entrapped Emily.

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