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Alex Proyas hasn't exactly been slumming it but the films he's made over the last few years haven't lived up to the promise displayed in his early work. I was disappointed to learn that his Paradise Lost was falling apart (he is no longer attached to the project) but he quickly rebounded by taking on The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. That film, along with Sydney Unplugged, is still in pre-production but that's not stopping him from taking on additional projects and the latest sounds, to me at least, like some of the best material he's been attached to in some time.

Deadline reports that Proyas has signed onto Joe Golem And The Drowning City, a graphic novel by "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola and collaborator Christopher Golden. The steampunk tale takes place in an alternate 1970s and features a cast of characters which includes a teenage girl, an aging magician, a lunatic scientist, a Victorian occult detective and a stalwart sidekick (the titular Joe Golem).


Additional details on the story from the gaphic novel's plot synopsis which reads:

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.


Sounds like endless possibility here. More on the project as details develop.

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