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Alex Proyas And Eureka Co-Creator Team Up For ABC Sci-Fi Project

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Writer/director Alex Proyas is no stranger to science fiction. After making a name for himself on The Crow, he’s gone on to helm Dark City, I, Robot, and Knowing. Now he’s taking his genre chops to television, teaming up with Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia for a new series called Evolve. Proyas will direct and exec produce the pilot, while Paglia will exec produce and write the script.

Evolve is based on the Toxic City trilogy by British writer Tim Lebbon. The project will follow in the footsteps of Heroes and Alphas by exploring ordinary people who have gained extraordinary powers, with a nice dose of post-apocalyptic mayhem for good measure. Hopefully it will veer closer to Alphas than Heroes when it comes to the quality of the writing… Here’s the official description from Deadline:

Evolve is set two years after a mysterious biological agent is released over Los Angeles when the city is still deemed too toxic to inhabit and remains sealed off from the rest of society. A small group of ordinary citizens outside the quarantined zone, who do not believe the government’s story, embark on a mission to uncover the truth of what happened to their family members who were inside the affected area. What they discover is a world where once-ordinary humans now have extraordinary abilities and powerful government forces seek to destroy them.

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Dark City Director Adapting Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag

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Director Alex Proyas has had a hit-or-miss history when it comes to genre projects. The Crow and Dark City are both legitimate cult classics. I, Robot and Knowing, however… More recently, Proyas has been attached to several ill-fated projects, including Dracula Year Zero and Paradise Lost. Hopefully he’ll have better luck with his latest endeavor, directing a big-screen version of Robert Heinlein’s 1942 novella, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.

If the film actually does make it to screen, things will have come full circle for Proyas in a way. According to Deadline, the novella actually inspired Proyas’ mind-bending Dark City. Jonathan Hoag tells the story of a man who has no memory of how he spends his daylight hours. After discovering a red substance – possibly blood – under his fingernails one night, he hires a pair of detectives to investigate him and hopefully reveal the truth about just what he does during the day.