Paradise Lost to Play a Biblical Game of Thrones
A new adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, is on its way; and it’s taking a rather interesting approach. According to Screen Daily Dancing Ledge Productions is developing the property to be a “biblical Game of Thrones.”
The Fremantle-backed production company and “Sherlock” and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman are in early development on what could become the first ever drama series adaptation of one of the most iconic works in literature.
Freeman and Dancing Ledge CEO Laurence Bowen are currently discussing the project with writers and broadcasters in the UK and US. Freeman has a development deal with the fledgling UK film and TV outfit and is on board the project as an executive producer. His participation as an actor has yet to be decided.
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The company has signed up Harry Potter, Gravity, and Guardians of the Galaxy post-house Framestore to produce the VFX.
The Eichmann Show producer Bowen told Screen Daily: “Paradise Lost is like a biblical Games of Thrones transporting the reader into an internecine world of political intrigue and incredible violence. At stake? The future of mankind. There’s never been a better time for big, original, bold drama series; and Martin and I both feel incredibly inspired by the material.”
Freeman added: “Paradise Lost is epic, exciting, and surprisingly modern. And maybe the first time the devil gets all the best tunes!”
The epic poem, written in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton, concerns the biblical 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.
The first version consisted of ten books, which have inspired artists ranging from William Blake to Salvador Dali.