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Alex Proyas to Direct Robert Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag


If you’ve been asking yourself why director Alex Proyas only appears to come out with a new film as soon as each 4 or five years, the answer might surprise you. I employed to think he was just a meticulous filmmaker who likes to take his time, and although that could be partially correct, it is becoming more and a lot more apparent that the guy has also had some fairly negative luck. More than the final few years he has had two huge projects get killed for budget causes (Dracula Year Zero and Paradise Lost), leaving him to move on to a third project that he kept on the backburner all this time. That project is an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi novella The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, a story that supposedly inspired him to write Dark City. The plot synopsis is as follows:

 

“In ‘Hoag’, the title character is struck a single evening with the realization that he has no memory of what he does throughout the day. Distraught more than his predicament, and specifically concerned that he may well be engaged in some nefarious activities, he contacts a husband and wife detective agency and asks them to surreptitiously follow him. The truth takes a dark and ultimately earth-shattering turn as their investigation leads to a series of frightening revelations, beginning with a group of shadowy figures who gravely warn of dire consequences unless the pair quickly cease their inquiry into the nature of Hoag’s identity.”

The premise definitely sounds fascinating and not only reminiscent of Dark City but also a lot of Philip K. Dick’s function. Considering that Proyas hasn’t truly been able to repeat the essential achievement of Dark City, this could be a wonderful chance for him. His last film Knowing was widely panned — with the exception of Roger Ebert’s four-star rave of course. The new movie is expected to shoot this fall in Australia where Proyas runs his production organization, Mystery Clock Cinema. Are you searching forward to The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag?

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