Proyas has proven himself to be an excellent director, a visionary who can create very atmospheric films. The Crow, one of my favorites, launched him to prominance, bringing great emotion (aided by a memorable final performance by Brandon Lee) to a revenge-themed action flick based on a little known comic book. Dark City, starring Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Connelly, might not have made too much money at the box office, but it has become a cult classic. Will Smith's I, Robot, while not very faithful to Isaac Asimov's source material, was still an enjoyable sci-fi motion picture. Knowing was another underrated film, even though I am not always a big fan of its star Nicolas Cage.
I look forward to seeing what Proyas can do with Milton's centuries-old classic. I just hope he has the freedom to do it his way without too much studio interference.