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Red Granite to finance ‘Jonathan Hoag’

Company to co-produce sci-fier with Mythology, Phoenix, Mystery Clock

Red Granite Pictures will fully finance and co-produce Alex Proyas’ sci-fier “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag” with Mythology Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures and Mystery Clock Cinema.

Red Granite made the annnouncement Tuesday. Producers are planning to start shooting in the fall.

Producers are Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland of Red Granite; Bradley Fischer of Mythology Entertainment; Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messier of Phoenix Pictures; Alex Proyas of Mystery Clock Cinema; and Vince Gerardis.

Joe Gatta, Topher Dow and Vincent Sieber are executive producers.

Proyas (“Dark City,” “I, Robot,” “Knowing”) will direct “The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.” The film will shoot in Australia where Proyas is a resident and operates his Mystery Clock Cinema banner.

“Hoag” centers on the title character being struck one evening with the realization that he has no memory of what he does during the day. He contacts a husband and wife detective agency and asks them to surreptitiously follow him — leading to a series of frightening revelations, beginning with a group of shadowy figures who gravely warn of dire consequences unless the pair immediately cease their inquiry.

Proyas adapted the screenplay from a 1942 novella by Robert Heinlein. The original story also served as inspiration for his film “Dark City.”

“Hoag” marks the first of several projects between the two companies. Mythology’s partners are Fischer, writer/producer James Vanderbilt, and writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis.

Red Granite’s Pictures sales arm, Red Granite International, will handle foreign sales for the film.

Red Granite’s producing “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Prods. DiCaprio set to star with Martin Scorsese directing.

The company also teamed with Point West Prods. and Locomotive to produce “Friends with Kids.”

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