Most of the best filmmakers got their starts when another, more experienced, filmmaker took them under their wing. Famous examples include Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth (who was also mentored to a lesser extent by David Lynch), Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, Roger Corman and everyone and next up, Shane Abbess has Alex Proyas.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proyas will produce and “godfather” a film called Future Perfect which Abbess, an Australian director who almost did Source Code, will direct. Future Perfect focuses on an older man and younger girl, both genetically enhanced assassins, who are forced to go on the run. Think Hanna and The Professional meets Paper Moon. Read more after the break. Read More »


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Whatever contract Bradley Cooper signed with the devil to make his career blossom into leading man status just paid off in strangely appropriate fashion. Because he’s now the first contender to play Lucifer in the first person shooter — oops, sorry —  action movie version of Paradise Lost that Alex Proyas and Legendary Pictures are cooking up. Read More »

Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) will produce and may direct AMP for Summit Entertainment. The studio just picked up the rights to the Daniel H. Wilson thriller novel, which is being called “a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9.” The plot of the unpublished book, which will hit shelves in June 2011, features “a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen.” Read More »

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The director of Dark City is ready to take a trip to the darkest city: Hell. Alex Proyas, who also directed I, Robot and Knowing, has signed on to direct Paradise Lost, a film based on the epic 17th century poem by John Milton. It’ll be produced by Legendary Pictures who has a production and financing deal with Warner Brothers. The screenplay was written by Stuart Hazeldine based on an original draft by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Polishes were also provided by Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal.

The actual poem Paradise Lost tells several different stories dealing with God’s relationship to men, most famously Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Reportedly, though, this version of the film will focus on “the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.” Can religion and 3D action mix? Hit the jump to read more about it. Read More »


In early 2010, it was discovered that Sam Worthington was in talks to star in Alex Proyas’ long gestating Dracula origin story, fittingly titled Dracula: Year Zero. Now we have confirmation of this casting, and have also learned that the film plans to be shot in June 2011. To learn more about what’s planned for the production, hit the break. Read More »

Casting For The Crow Remake Underway


Casting is underway for the next theatrical iteration of The Crow, and the actor chosen will face the still-daunting task of walking in the late Brandon Lee‘s Goth-approved footsteps. Last month, I reported on an update of the script written by Blade director Stephen Norrington, and today brings an update from producer Ryan Kavanaugh (Brothers, Nine). So, what guy will be chosen—re: a female Crow is not being considered—to reprise the role of an undead rock musician who wreaks havoc on mortal goons? Let us know what you think of Kavanaugh’s comments and leave your own below.

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We’ve known that Blade director, Stephen Norrington, was scribing a theatrical remake of 1994’s The Crow for almost a year now by following all the milky Goth tears. And now, according to an unidentified source via Mania, Norrington has finally submitted his script to Relativity Media (The Wolf Man, A Serious Man), where it has been “very well received.”

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Alex Proyas’ Knowing and Biblical Prophecy


Despite its flaws, Alex Proyas’ Knowing ended up being a fascinating film, with a cool sci-fi bent and some interesting ideas about faith. I was so taken aback by the film and its audacious ending that I held an impromptu /Filmcast, where we all tried to make sense of what the movie was all supposed to mean (and determine whether or not the film was actually any good).

/Filmcast listener Ned wrote in a detailed response to that podcast episode, in which he relates various elements of the film to Biblical prophecy. I don’t think I would make all the connections that he made, but I found his e-mail pretty thought-provoking nonetheless (especially from a Christian standpoint, as faith plays a huge part in the film). I’m republishing the e-mail here in its entirety, with his permission. If you ever have any interesting and in-depth interpretations of recent/classic films that you want to share, always feel free to e-mail me at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Who knows? Maybe it’ll end up on the site one day.

For obvious reasons, everything after the jump and the comments should be considered a SPOILER-FILLED zone. Continue at your own risk.

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knowing posterIn this bonus episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Peter Sciretta, and Adam Quigley discuss their thoughts on Alex Proyas’s ambitious new science fiction film, Knowing. Spoilers abound in this meandering, barely-coherent discussion! Special guest Russ Fischer joins us from CHUD. As always, if you have any feedback, feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.

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