Alex Proyas to direct The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag

The last thing we heard from Dark City and Knowing director Alex Proyas was that the ballooning budget on his adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost caused Legendary Pictures to pull the plug on the production. But the director is bouncing back with a new film called The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, based on a 1942 novella by Robert Heinlein. More after the jump.

Deadline has the press release, and also a story synopsis that sounds really fascinating:

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.

Sounds a tiny bit like the plot of the NBC television show “Awake,” but with a darker twist. I love stories like this, so let’s hope Proyas can actually get this project into production this time around.