“Paradise Lost” goes Hollywood, courtesy of Alex Proyas
Memories of reading Milton's 17th century epic poem about the fall of man suddenly come flooding back...the only way to get through it was to dramatically act it out and run around the room playing all the parts. Otherwise, you were going to fall asleep. It's inevitable. Thankfully, Mel Gibson is not directing a heavy-handed direct language adaptation of the classic work, and Legendary Pictures is going a different route entirely hiring visionary director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY) to helm the massive project.
The ancient tale of good versus evil - centering around the fateful war between the archangel Michael and Lucifer (perhaps you've heard of him) - is said to be a a major priority for the studio, shot on a grand scale the likes of which modern day moviegoers have not seen up to this point. We've seen 3-D, but we haven't seen a monumental, cultural, religious, and intellectual work like Paradise Lost told through the lens of the unique visual style that Proyas undoubtedly possesses.
The project was originally going to be directed by Scott Derrickson (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL remake) and some pre-production concept art has already surfaced. Expect Legendary and Proyas to fast track this and start rolling some time in 2011.
I hear if you bring a Bible to the theater, you get a free popcorn.