Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big ol fan of Alex Proyas, the director of “The Crow” and “Dark City”, and yes, even “Knowing”. (I kinda dug how Proyas ended that movie. Call me cynical if you must.) After seeing his last two movies, “Dracula Year Zero” and “Paradise Lost” get, well, lost in the Hollywood shuffle, I wasn’t very optimistic Proyas’ other movie, the long-gestating “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag”, would fare any better. Turns out, it has.
Red Granite Pictures has now announced a Fall 2012 start date for the film, which would find Proyas directing as previously reported way, WAY back in 2008.
In “Hoag,” the title character is struck one evening with the realization that he has no memory of what he does during the day. Distraught over his predicament, and particularly concerned that he might 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 immediately cease their inquiry into the nature of Hoag’s identity.
Proyas will also adapt the script for the 1942 novel by Robert Heinlein.