Alex Proyas finds funding for The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag

It was announced today that Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company Red Granite Pictures will fully finance and co-produce Alex Proyas’ THE UNPLEASANT PROFESSION OF JONATHAN HOAG with Mythology Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures and Mystery Clock Cinema.

Proyas has been trying to lift the project, based on the story by STARSHIP TROOPERS author Robert Heinlein, off the ground since 2008. The film will shoot in Australia where Proyas is a resident and operates his production company, Mystery Clock Cinema. Producers are eyeing a fall 2012 start date.

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.

Incidentally, the story inspired Proyas to create DARK CITY, which might explain the slight similarities in plot.

Producers are Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland (Red Granite), Bradley Fischer (Mythology Entertainment), Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messier (Phoenix Pictures), Alex Proyas (Mystery Clock Cinema) and Vince Gerardis. Joe Gatta, Topher Dow and Vincent Sieber are executive producers.

Extra Tidbit: Only two months ago, Proyas was close to shooting PARADISE LOST (starring Camilla Belle, pictured above) until it got shut down by Legendary Pictures.
Source: AITH



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