However, he accepts the idea of him directing and starring in the film has become a "big parody", and he's glad the project never got off the ground with him as the author. "I do have a script that's gone through 20 mutations. Every few years I take it out and rework it and update it," the Daily Express quoted him as telling Cigar Aficionado magazine.
"What fascinates me about Poe is that he was such an iconoclast. It's a story for every young man or woman who sees themselves as a bit outside the box, or has been ostracised during their life as an oddball or too eccentric. It didn't work for him either. "His work was too hip for the room... but he developed the modern mystery story. He was also one of the great cryptologists; there were very few codes he couldn't crack. He was just an extraordinary guy," he added.
And when asked if he still wanted to play Poe, Stallone said: "I did at one time. Thank God that never happened."