I won’t lie, I have all the time in the world for John Cusack. The man who brought us Being John Malkovich, Con Air, Grosse Pointe Blank, Identity and High Fidelity seems to rarely put a foot wrong and as that list shows, frequently puts it very right. The trailer for The Raven looks absolutely stunning, but time and tide wait for no man and so his head turns to other projects.
Next up for Cusack looks like being The Numbers Station, which will see him play a black-ops agent, who having messed up finds himself in a seemingly dead-end job, watching Malin Akerman (Watchmen, The Heartbreak Kid)’s code operator at a CIA broadcast station. No doubt all will turn out to not be quite as it seems, the isolated station will be set upon and the seemingly lowly code operator will turn out to be caught up in something very serious indeed. Perhaps then Cusack’s training and skills as a former black-ops agent will come in useful? Honestly, some of these things must just write themselves.
Actually, there is a real writer on board, one F. Scott Frazier, seemingly unconnected to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Frazier is listed on IMDb as an experienced video game evaluater. No, me neither. Given that Cusack is no mug, the script must be reasonably up to scratch, unless this is one of those 2012-style pay-days. Danish-born director Kasper Barfoed is calling the shots.