Alex Proyas Helming Jonathan Hoag

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Phoenix Pictures is developing a feature based on Robert Heinlein’s novela “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag,” to be written and directed by Alex Proyas, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Phoenix principals Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and Brad Fischer will produce the adaptation, which they describe as a complex psychological thriller with plenty of action as well as some love interest.

The deal with the I, Robot helmer closed several weeks ago, and the project will likely shoot after Proyas finishes Knowing for Summit. The budget for “Jonathan Hoag” will be in the $40 million-$50 million range.

Originally published in 1942, the offbeat tale centers on a man who becomes increasingly disturbed when he realizes he cannot account for his activities during the day, or even what he does for a living. He divulges his problem to the husband-and-wife partners of a private detective agency, and their investigation leads to a series of revelations they could never have fathomed.

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