Alex Proyas in Talks to Co-Write and Direct 'Gods of Egypt' Adventure
Dark City director Alex Proyas hit a bit of a rough patch recently, with the back-to-back disappointments of having the plug pulled on both Dracula: Year Zero and Paradise Lost. But the resilient director scooped up a directing gig for the mystery story The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, and things are looking up for him with another project as well. Variety reports that Proyas is in talks to direct Gods of Egypt, a fantasy adventure about a common thief and a god on a quest through the land of great pyramids.
Proyas is also set to co-write the screenplay with his Dracula: Year Zero writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (what an awesome name). Gods of Egypt may be the closest thing to Paradise Lost Proyas can direct right now, keeping in line with the with the heavenly and supernatural elements. Sounds like that's a creative itch that Proyas needs to scratch, and though the logline is pretty simple, I think there's definitely room for a cool story in there somewhere. Let's hope these guys can bang out a solid story, and then - more importantly - that the thing actually starts rolling sometime soon. No word yet on if Gods of Egypt or Jonathan Hoag is first for the director, but we'll keep you posted as they develop.