The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan HoagIf Foster’s is Australian for “beer,” then Proyas has gotta be Australian for “geek,” mate.

Aussie filmmaker Alex Proyas is once again returning to the sci-fi genre, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s novela, “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.”

The Phoenix Pictures production will be written and directed by Proyas, whose past geek-savvy credits include I, Robot, Dark City and his 1989 sci-fi debut feature, Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds. Filming on Hoag will start in 2010.

Heinlein’s novela was published 66 years ago and deals with a man who suffers increasingly disturbing memory lapses. He hires private investigators to figure out where his missing memories went … and why he keeps waking up with what appears to be dried blood under his fingernails. The answer, of course, is a classic sci-fi mindfuck.

Proyas told THR, “I read this story as a kid, and it really stayed with me. It’s part of my creative DNA,” which probably explains the similarity between Heinlein’s novela and Proyas’ Dark City.

All I ask is that Proyas cast Jennifer Connolley again so she can bring the hawtness, y’all.

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