Alex Proyas Explains Why He Decided to Direct Knowing
So you get to talk with Alex Proyas, director of such cult classics as The Crow and Dark City, what do you ask him? How about why he would choose to direct Knowing next? Okay, maybe that's a bit too harsh, because I actually really like Proyas and still think he did a great job with I, Robot, but that is the actual question that SciFi asked Proyas in their interview. Fortunately, he gave a good answer that reasonably explained why this is not the next sci-fi flop and that it is actually something we should probably be excited about. Now I just want to know why he chose to cast Nicholas Cage instead of someone else better?
"As a filmmaker, you're always looking for an original story to tell, one that hasn't been told a million times before. It seems like -- in this time of remakes and reboots -- if you can find something with even the whiff of uniqueness to it, I think that instantly piques people's interest. It certainly did for me," Proyas told SciFi. If you don't already know the plot in Knowing, a teacher finds a note in a time capsule that has accurately predicted the exact location and timing of various disasters in history. If you've seen the trailer, you know that there seems to be some deeper interpretation in the story, as Proyas goes on to explain.
"As we got deeper and deeper into this concept, it just kind of created all these wonderful possibilities. All these notions that, if you knew the day you were going to die, or if you could have that information, would you want to know it or not? And it's a question that many people find hard to answer. You can see the merits of both sides of the argument. So it's just one real small example, but there's just so much, there was so much possibility in the story that we developed."
Although that concept seems to read a lot better on paper than it does with Nic Cage acting it out on screen, I'm still very interested in seeing Knowing. Proyas adds: "To me, it was a very kind of disturbing, intriguing concept. That was really the genesis of my interest in it." I really hope that it's as disturbing and intriguing as Proyas is making it out to be, because I really don't want to see a forgettable movie with a weak plot in the end, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that desire. Head over to SciFi to read their full interview with Proyas, including more discussion about the concept. Knowing will hit theaters everywhere on March 20th.