Alex Proyas to Adapt 'The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag'
Between his failed launch of both Paradise Lost and Dracula Year Zero, it hasn't been a good run for director Alex Proyas recently. However, the director of Knowing, Dark City and I, Robot is ready to move forward on another project as Red Granite Pictures has announced it will finance and co-produce an adaptation of The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, the novel by Robert Heinlein, with Proyas attached to direct and also adapting the book himself. The project is looking to start shooting sometime this fall in Australia where Proyas and his Mystery Clock Cinema production banner is based.
In the novel, 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. That all comes from the press release (via Deadline) for the project, but no matter how official this news is, if we've learned anything from Proyas' recent endeavors, a film isn't real until it's sitting in front of cameras.