Stallone to direct Poe biopic -- Rambo is eyeing Robert Downey Jr. as leading man
Sylvester Stallone
Credit: Sylvester Stallone: Jennifer Graylock/AP

With his NBC reality boxing series The Contender down for the count, Sylvester Stallone is hitting the books for his next project: The tough-guy actor will direct Poe, a self-penned biopic about the life of classic horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, according to Variety.

Stallone, whose directorial credits include Rocky II, III, and IV , is reportedly eyeing Robert Downey Jr. to tackle the titular role. Poe, author of The Tell Tale Heart and The Raven, battled addiction and psychological problems throughout his life, which ended mysteriously in Baltimore in 1849.

According to Variety, Stallone plans to begin shooting the film in Europe this fall. His last screenplay to hit the big screen was 2001’s car-racing drama Driven.