After Knowing, Alex Proyas will begin adapting Robert Heinlein‘s novela The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. The Dark City director will write and helm the $40 – $50 million psychological thriller for Phoenix Pictures. Heinlein is probably best known to today’s moviegoers as the author of Starship Troopers. Originally published in a 1942 edition of Unknown Worlds magazine, the story was later republished in Heinlein’s 1959 collection of short stories. Proyas supposedly read the story as a kid.

When Jonathan Hoag realizes that he has no memory of his daytime activities. After discovering a red-brown substance, possibly dried blood, under his fingernails, Hoag decides to hire a private investigator to follow him in order to find out what he does during the day. The story involves a few great sci-fi concepts and offers a potential return to form for Proyas. The tentative plan is to begin production on Hoag in 2010, after Proyas tackles Dracula Year One for Universal.

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