Alex Proyas Adapting Paradise Lost in 3D! The Devil Made Him Do It!

Paradise Lost is one of those truly classic tales that has never had a proper adaptation. Maybe it’s because the subject matter was deemed too much, or maybe Hollywood’s technology was just too far behind. That’s about to change, however, and here’s to hoping it’s pulled off with flying colors.

According to Variety visionary director Alex Proyas (The Crow, I Robot, The Knowing, Dark City) will be stepping behind the camera for Paradise Lost 3D for Legendary Pictures.

The film will be an adaptation of the epic 17th century English poem by John Milton. Proyas replaces Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose).

The project tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.

Stuart Hazeldine developed the primary draft of the screenplay that was originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Lawrence Kasdan provided a polish as well as Ryan Condal, who delivered the most recent draft.

Look for more soon.

Alex Proyas Adapting Paradise Lost in 3D! The Devil Made Him Do It!

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  • hegemon13

    Awesome! I can’t think of a better director for this. Yes, Knowing sucked, but the things that made it suck are what could make this great. The biggest problem with Knowing was it’s lack of subtlety. Everything was way over-the-top, all the way up to the off-the-deep-end ending. The cinematography was beautiful, and you have to sort of admire it’s uncompromising weirdness. It’s not that the directing was poor, per se, but rather that the style did not fit the content, at all. The Crow and Dark City were equally melodramatic and on-the-nose, but they worked because the style fit with the fantastical stories. I think Proyas’ strengths will play very well to Paradise Lost.

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