According to Deadline, Alex Proyas, the director of ‘The Crow’ and ‘I, Robot’ is attached to adapt the graphic novel titled ‘Joe Golem and the Drowning City’ for Constantin Film. The book comes from the team of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola, who will be executive producing the movie. If the latter’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the man who created Hellboy, so he’s no stranger to having his work translated onto the big screen.
‘Joe Golem and the Drowning City’ is described as “a supernatural-steampunk illustrated novel that follows an orphaned teenage girl, an aging magician, a lunatic scientist, a Victorian occult detective, and the stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem—a man whose strange dreams hint of a history he has forgotten–as they struggle for the fate of an alternate 1970s lower Manhattan. In this vision, lower Manhattan sank into the water during a catastrophic earthquake in 1925, leaving those unwilling or unable to abandon it to make a new life in streets turned to canals.” This isn’t really the sort of thing that I expected from Mignola, but it definitely sounds interesting.
The article doesn’t make it clear whether or not this will be Proyas’ next project, since he also has ‘The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag’ and ‘Gods of Egypt’ on his slate, but it does note that when the time comes, ‘Joe Golem’ will shoot in his homeland of Australia.
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