Scott Cooper is looking forward to returning to Aspen to support his new film Pale blue eyescreening as part of Aspen Film Academic projections Tuesday.
“I love Aspen, but I’ve been so busy making movies that I haven’t had a chance to go back, so I’m bringing my whole family,” he said. “We’ll be there for three or four days and hopefully they’ll love it as much as I have over the years. It really is a magnificently special place.”
Based on Louis Bayard’s 2006 novel of the same name. Pale blue eye is a film close to Cooper’s heart and a film he has wanted to make for over a decade.
“My father introduced me to the novel,” he said. “Like Edgar Allan Poe himself, I grew up in Virginia. My father taught English and literature, and there was a lot of Poe in my house, and my dad said, ‘Scott, you’re going to love this novel because the author has so ingeniously put a young, unformed Edgar Allan Poe at the center of a detective story, which is the genre he left us as a legacy.’”
Pale blue eye is a detective whodunit murder mystery set in 1830s upstate New York at West Point, which Poe attended, and introduces us to him before he became famous 19th century poet. Cooper hopes the film will inspire people to pick up Poe’s poem for the first time, or remind them why they loved Poe in the first place.
“I thought this film would give me an opportunity to really portray Edgar Allan Poe before he became the icon we all know and love,” Cooper said. “A young man who was kind of alone in the world, but someone who spent a lot of time writing and is looking for a connection in the world. Then suddenly he found his place.”
The film follows the story of Detective Landor, played by Christian Bale, who is called to investigate the gruesome murder of a cadet on campus. While there, Landor befriends young Poe, played by Harry Melling, who is known for his roles in Harry Potter movies and The Queen’s Gambit and whose performance as Poe should bring him some recognition come awards season.
Pale blue eye marks Cooper’s third collaboration with Bale (who is credited as a producer on the film), with whom he worked on the 2013 film. From the oven and in 2017 Enemies.
“Christian Bale, who is my closest collaborator, is the best actor of my generation,” Cooper said. “It’s easy to write for him. … We enjoyed making these films together, even though they are incredibly difficult to make on a physical level, an emotional level, a psychological level. And as long as he keeps saying yes, I’ll keep writing for him.”
Pale blue eye premieres in select theaters on December 23rd and begins rolling on the 6th. January on Netflix.