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Alexander Proyas (/ˈprɔɪəs/; born 23 September 1963) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the films The Crow (1994), Dark City (1998), I, Robot (2004), Knowing (2009), and Gods of Egypt (2016).

Alex Proyas
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Alex Proyas on the red carpet for Gods of Egypt, 2016
Born Alexander Proyas
(1963-09-23) 23 September 1963 (age 55)
Alexandria, United Arab Republic (present-day Egypt)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Notable work The Crow
Dark City
I, Robot
Gods of Egypt


Early lifeEdit

Proyas was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Egyptiotes (Greeks from Egypt) parents, and moved to Sydney when he was 3.[1] At 17, he attended the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School, and began directing music videos shortly after.[1] He moved to Los Angeles in the United States to further his career, working on MTV music videos and TV commercials.[1]


Proyas' first feature film was the independent science fiction thriller Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds, which was nominated for two Australian Film Institute awards in 1988, for costume design and production design[2] and which won a Special Prize at the 1990 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.[3] Next, Proyas directed the 1994 superhero fantasy thriller The Crow starring Brandon Lee. Lee was killed in an accident during filming, only eight days before the completion of the film on 31 March 1993. After Lee's death, Proyas and his producers decided to complete the film, partially rewriting the script and using a stunt double and special effects to film the remaining scenes.[4] The Crow was released in May 1994 and was a box office and critical success.[5]

Proyas then wrote, directed and produced the 1998 science fiction thriller Dark City, which had disappointing box office results despite very positive critical reception and winning several awards.[6] In 2004, he directed I, Robot, a science fiction film suggested by[7] the Isaac Asimov short story compilation I, Robot.

Proyas' film, the thriller Knowing, began production in Melbourne in March 2008 and opened in North America in March 2009.[8]

His next project was meant to be an action-oriented adaptation of John Milton's 17th-century Christian epic poem Paradise Lost, starring Bradley Cooper.[9] Both Proyas and Cooper were on hand to debut concept art at ComicCon 2011,[10] but the project was ultimately cancelled over budgetary concerns related to the effects.[11]

Proyas also worked with John Foxx on the creation of Parallel Lives, a joint project.

In late 2012, it was revealed that Proyas was slated as director of the science fiction thriller film adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson novel Amped.[12]

Proyas directed Gods of Egypt, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and co-written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film was critically panned upon its release.[13]


At the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Proyas was nominated for a Golden Palm award for his short film, Book of Dreams: 'Welcome to Crateland'. For Dark City, he was nominated for several awards and won the Silver Scream Award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, the Bram Stoker Award, the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and the Pegasus Audience Award at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.[14]


Short filmsEdit

  • Neon (1980)
  • Groping (1980)
  • Strange Residues (1981)
  • Spineless (1987)
  • Book of Dreams: Welcome to Crateland (1994, short)

Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Screenwriter
1988 Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds Yes Yes Yes
1994 The Crow Yes No No
1998 Dark City Yes Yes Yes
2002 Garage Days Yes Yes Yes
2004 I, Robot Yes No No
2009 Knowing Yes Yes No
2016 Gods of Egypt Yes Yes No

Music videosEdit


  1. ^ a b c Lancaster, Kurt; Thomas J. Mikotowicz (2001). Performing the Force: Essays on Immersion Into Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Environments. McFarland & Company. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7864-0895-5.
  2. ^ "Awards for Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Yubari International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival '90". Archived from the original on 7 April 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  4. ^ Ascher-Walsh, Rebecca (13 May 1994). "How Crow Flew". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  5. ^ "The Crow (1994)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Awards for Dark City". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Full Cast and Crew for I, Robot". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (10 December 2007). "Cage to star in Proyas' 'Knowing'". Variety. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  9. ^ Sarafin, Jarrod. "Proyas Helms PARADISE LOST". Archived from the original on 18 September 2010.
  10. ^ Chitwood, Adam (6 July 2011). "Comic-Con 2011: Legendary Pictures Announces Panel Featuring PARADISE LOST". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike (9 February 2012). "Bradley Cooper-Starrer 'Paradise Lost' Scrapped By Legendary Pictures". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  12. ^ Alex Proyas To Direct Sci-Fi Thriller Amped, From The Author of Robopocalypse,, retrieved 7 November 2012
  13. ^ "Alex Pyoyas' epic fantasy film project Gods of Egypt". Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Awards for Alex Proyas". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007.

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