Constantin Films has acquired the right to Joe Golem and the Drowning City, the new illustrated novel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and frequent collaborator Christopher Golden. Deadline reports that The Crow and Dark City director Alex Proyas will helm the live-action adaptation.
Published in March by St. Martin’s Press, the novel is set in Lower Manhattan 50 years after earthquakes and rising sea levels submerged the area under 30 feet of water, transforming the streets into the canals of what’s now called the Drowning City. The story follows a Alex14-year-old girl named Molly McHugh and her employer, a celebrated stage magician turned aging psychic medium who’s abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits after a seance goes terribly wrong. Now on the run, Molly falls in with a mysterious man and his sidekick Joe Golem, a man of stone and clay brought to life to hunt witches.
Mignola and Golden have a relationship that dates back to at least 1997, with the release of the first Hellboy novel The Lost Army. The two co-authored the 2007 illustrated novel Baltimore or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, which was optioned by New Regency.
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