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There’s a whole lot of Alex Proyas around the web at the moment, what with the imminent release of Knowing. Of course, Mr. Proyas himself is blogging here on /Film, which gives him a direct route to you, like a syringe to your brain, but he’s also being quoted here, there and everywhere. Some fascinating possibilities are being dug up, as well as the odd BIG RED SIGN of priceless advice for all filmmakers, up and coming or otherwise.

MTV are quoting Proyas on the matter of a Dark City sequel, and Chud have the dirt on why Proyas will never work with Fox again. Jump over the fold for the good stuff.

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Revisiting Dark City

Editor’s Note: You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing, but for the next couple weeks the filmmaker has agreed to become a guest blogger on /Film. Proyas will be blogging a couple times a week, talking about his inspirations, the state of sci-fi cinema, Dark City, and his upcoming film Knowing.

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Peter asked if I wouldn’t mind re-visiting Dark City. It has been over 10 years since I completed the film, though the recent director’s cut was an interesting process to go through. It was fascinating going back and watching the old cuts of the film before they were “tweaked” to satisfy test audiences and studio pressure. I was surprised to see a much more confident and satisfying film before it was compromised.

Although we have made huge leaps and bounds in terms of technology and visual effects, I think the reason why this film seems to hold up today is because of its ideas. I think it resonates even more so today than it did all those years ago.

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Editor’s Note: You probably know Alex Proyas as the director of films like The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot and Knowing, but for the next few weeks the filmmaker has agreed to become a guest blogger on /Film. Proyas will be blogging a couple times a week, talking about his inspirations, the state of sci-fi cinema, Dark City, and his upcoming film Knowing. Below you can find a quick introduction post from Alex. Enjoy.

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I hope you might find what I have to say about my new movie interesting, and if you don’t – well, feel free to press the page-back tab and read something more to your liking on /Film. Otherwise, check-in once in a while ‘cause I’ll be doing 5 entries all up – the last one will be a Q&A with /Film readers based on any questions you leave in the comments section.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a new film coming out on 20 March called KNOWING. It stars Nic Cage in a role I guarantee you haven’t seen him in before. I think he does a great job and I’m sure when you see the film, you’ll agree.

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Summit Entertainment has sent us three new exclusive photos from Alex Proyas’ Knowing. Summit will be showing two big action scenes from the film at a panel at the New York Comic Con this weekend (February 7th from 4-5pm). And I’ve been told that one of them will be the full plane crash sequence. Check out two more photos after the jump.

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Knowing Movie Trailer

Summit Entertainment has released the full length movie trailer for Alex Proyas‘ upcoming thriller Knowing. If you’ve seen the previous teaser, than you know that Nicolas Cage comes across a code that predicts every major disaster in the last 50 years, including the upcoming destruction of everything. This new trailer introduces a new (possibly) supernatural element to the story, “the whisper people”, a group of mysterious albino men who stand off in the distance. Yeah, I’m not too sure what role they play quite yet. Watch the full trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Summit Entertainment has sent us a new still from Alex Proyas‘ upcoming sci-fi thriller Knowing. A new movie trailer for the film will be in theaters this weekend, presumably attached to The Day The Earth Stood Still.
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Knowing Teaser Poster

Ain’t It Cool News has premiered an incredibly cool poster for Alex ProyasKnowing. The poster makes the concept of a code of mass destruction actually look pretty cool. In the film, Nicolas Cage stars as Ted Myles, a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future–and sets out to prevent them from coming true. Head on over to AICN for the super high resolution version of the poster.

Academy Award Winner Nicholas Cage stars in the gripping action thriller Knowing. In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule’s contents and the girl’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Myles. But it is Caleb’s father, professor Ted Myles (Nicholas Cage), who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As Ted further unravels the document’s chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events – the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale. When Ted’s attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place. Ted’s increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster – and the ultimate sacrifice. Knowing is directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City, The Crow). Knowing hits theaters on March 20th 2009.

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.

Alex Proyas showed an extended trailer for his upcoming thriller Knowing, which just finished shooting. The footage begins with a young girl standing in a school yard looking up at the sky. A teacher calls everyone inside, but Lucinda doesn’t move. Title card: Lexington, Massachusetts 1959. The teacher instructs the kids to draw pictures of what they think the future will look like. The drawings will be opened in 50 years. Lucinda’s teacher scolds her for filling her sheet with numbers instead of a traditional drawing.

Cut to 50 years later, the drawings are uncovered in the opening of the time capsule. Young Caleb, played by Chandler Canterbury, takes the numbered letter home to his father Ted Myles, played by Nic Cage. Myles lectures his kid for bringing it home. Later he starts figuring out the code, matching the dates to major disasters to the last 50 years and tomorrow somewhere on the planet 81 people will die. Then it cuts to the scene we saw in the trailer where Cage is stuck in traffic. He gets out of his car and asks a police officer if everything is okay. The police tells him only a couple people were injured. And just then a plane comes crashing down.  Cage runs into the wreckage in over the top fashion. A news reporter confirms that 81 people died.

Then we get a fast cut montage of cage at some other tragic event in the city with people running. Shots of cage running out of a building.

“What happens when the numbers run out?”

It was also revealed at the panel that Cage’s character has lost faith in the idea that there is a reason for everything happening.  But he ends up finding meaning in the chaos. I’ll wait for DVD.