For someone who hasn’t shot a feature film in over three years, Alex Proyas sure is lining up the potential queue. With his big-budget Paradise Lost being canned, the Dark City helmer is looking to what he’ll shoot next. Although he’s attached to the blockbuster Gods of Egypt, the most likely candidate is The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, a film he’s currently in pre-production on. But today we’ve got news on a possible follow-up.
Deadline reports that Constantin Film has attached the director to script and shoot an adaptation of the graphic novel Joe Golem And The Drowning City, from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Taking place in an alternative universe Manhattan, the steampunk material follows a unique cast of characters and should be a welcome return to a darker tone for the helmer, as well as some serious world-building. As we wait for more details, check out an expanded synopsis below via Amazon:
In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance.
Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.
Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.
Production is planned for Australia.
Would you like to see Proyas take on this project? Have you read the source material?
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