Alex Proyas to Helm John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' for Legendary Pictures

Thursday, 16 September 2010 05:49 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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Alex Proyas (The Crow, I, Robot, Dark City) has signed on to direct an adaptation of Paradise Lost, based on the classic 17th-century poem by John Milton. Legendary Pictures' (The Dark Knight, Watchmen) Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce the possibly 3D project with Vince Newman.  The project is expected to fall under Legendary's co-production and co-financing  agreement with Warner Bros., which will distribute the film worldwide.

Originally published in 1667, Paradise Lost is the story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Naturally, the project is being developed as a CG epic, most likely in the vein of 300 or the upcoming Immortals, as Variety says it will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare.

The script has been toiled over by many, including Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back). Up-and-coming scribe Ryan Condal (Galahad, Of Queen and Country) wrote the most recent draft.

Were you forced as a high school student to read Paradise Lost?

Source: Variety

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