Constantin Film has picked up film rights for Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s supernatural graphic novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City, with I Robot helmer Alex Proyas set to direct, according to Deadline.
The story is set in 1970’s Manhattan, where earthquakes and rising sea levels left the city under water fifty years earlier. It follows a 14-year-old girl, who is forced to go on the run after her magician friend, Felix Orlov, gets kidnapped by a group of strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits. She escapes only to find herself in the company of Joe Golem, a mysterious man who does not remember his past.
Alex Proyas is writing and directing the film . It isn’t known when it might shoot, but we do know that it will be shot in the director’s native Austrailia. Let’s hope Proyas has more luck with this one than he has with other recent projects, such as his ambitious take on Paradise Lost, which got canned just weeks before it was supposed to start shooting.