London-based sales outfit The Film Company has boarded Ken Russell's The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher as international sales agent, handling all rights.

The film, an update of Edgar Allen Poe's story, is currently being shot on digital video by Russell, who also produces through his Gorsewood Studios outfit. Seminal director Russell is best known for rock-opera Tommy, The Devils, and Oscar-winning DH Lawrence adaptation Women In Love.

The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher tells the story of Roderick Usher, who is placed in a lunatic asylum after murdering his wife. During his treatment, a series of bizarre and shocking events occur.

The film is described by Russell as, "a mind curdling horror movie," which promises to "penetrate the steamy depths of sexual depravity with a daring never before attempted in the annals of screen history".

Ronald De Neef, managing director of The Film Company said: "The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher is a horror film that changes the rules of the genre."