First Details On Alex Proyas' KNOWING
We love us some Alex Proyas around here, the original version ofThe Crow and the criminally under-appreciated Dark City both standing as true classics in our books. And while we've talked a good bit about the upcoming director's cut of Dark City we've generally missed out on mentioning his upcoming feature, Knowing. But no more! The compelte synopsis has just turned up over at Quiet Earth and this looks like exactly the blend of high concept and intimate story that Proyas does so well:
In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one of the students, a mysterious girl who seems to hear whispered voices, fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead.
Fast forward 50 years to the present: A new generation of students examines the contents of the time capsule and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of young CALEB MYLES. But it is Caleb's father, professor TED MYLES (Nicolas Cage), who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As Ted further unravels the document's secrets, he realizes it foretells three additional events—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve Ted and his son. When Ted's attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place.
This gripping supernatural thriller charts one man's faltering steps towards belief in the ultimate order of the universe even as he finds himself surrounded by mounting chaos. With the reluctant help of DIANA WHELAN (Rose Byrne) and ABBY, the daughter and granddaughter of the now-deceased author of the cryptic prophecies, Ted's increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster—and the ultimate sacrifice.
In other Proyas news, the Australian director is also currently listed as a writer on the film adaptation of John Christopher's trilogy of Tripods novels, which could make for one hell of a film if done right ...