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Netflix wins deal for Christian Bale horror thriller ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

Netflix has completed a record purchase at the European Film Market for Christian Bale’s horror thriller movie The Pale Blue Eye.

Deadline reported that the film fetched a whopping $55million (£39m) representing the highest ever fee at the EFM. Scott Cooper, who previously worked alongside Bale on Out Of The Furnace and Hostiles, will write and direct the Edgar Allen Poe-inspired film, which is based on a Louis Bayard novel published in 2003.

The story, set in 1830, will see Bale take the lead as a veteran detective investigating a murder, who takes on the eponymous and pioneering dark murder-thriller novelist Edgar Allen Poe as an assistant.

Production for the picture is scheduled to start later this year, with no release date yet set. As of yet no further cast details have been announced.

If early excitement within the industry is anything to go by then the streaming service may well be on for a winner with the picture.

You can catch a trailer for the Cooper and Bale collaboration Out Of The Furnace below.