‘Dark City’ Series In Early Development According To Director Alex Proyas

While The Wachowskis’ Matrix got the main attention for revitalizing the sci-fi genre, movies like The Thirteen Floor, The Cell, and Dark City attempted similar themes of reality bending and digital worlds. I also recommended checking out those movies if you haven’t seen them.

Interestingly enough, 1998’s Dark City shot on the same sound stages in Australia as Matrix, the Wachowskis even reused some of the Dark City sets, which explains how it might feel like the two sci-fi films share some DNA.

It’s been likely twenty years since anyone really thought about Dark City, but it’s director seems to want to revisit it. Alex Proyas (The Crow) has revealed during a Q&A via Bloody Disgusting that he’s working on developing a series based on the film.

“Dark City right now is really an intriguing one to me because we’re developing a series, a Dark City series. Which we’re in the very early stages [of] but I’m having to reanalyze in order to construct a new story. I’m having to go back and kind of jog my memory as to what we actually did and what I think worked and what I think didn’t work and reevaluate my own film, so that’s been a very interesting experience as well which I’ve not done before.”

The original film starring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt and others had a dream-like noir feel to it and it would be interesting the angle a series would go, but it would likely depend on who was paying for it and who ultimately was behind it creativity.

DARK CITY – John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can’t remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.


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