Stallone Readies Film on Edgar Allan Poe

Rambo is getting in touch with his literary side.

Sylvester Stallone (search) will direct "Poe," (search) a film he's written about the life of Edgar Allan Poe, Variety reported Tuesday.

While he's best known for playing decidedly non-bookish action heroes, Stallone's long had a soft spot for the 19th-century poet and short-story writer.

He plans to begin filming in Europe this fall — and hopes to have Robert Downey Jr (search). in the title role.

While he was never known to go bare-chested and tote an AK-47, Poe's life offers plenty of other dramatic grist, including bouts of madness, attempted suicide and a mysterious death.