Helmer adapting 1942 novella.

It has been announced that Alex Proyas (‘I Robot,’ ‘The Crow’) is attached to direct an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s ‘The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.’

In the ‘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 ceases their inquiry into the nature of Hoag’s identity.

Proyas adapted the screenplay from the Hugo award-winning sci-fi author’s 1942 novella. The original story captured Proyas’ imagination from a young age, ultimately serving as inspiration for his iconic film ‘Dark City.’

Red Granite Pictures will fully finance and co-produce with Mythology Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures and Proyas’ Mystery Clock Cinema. The film will shoot in Australia, with producers eyeing an autumn 2012 start date.