Paradise Lost – To Be or Not To Be?

Paradise Lost is a movie that director Alex Proyas is putting together, but recently began to have some production setbacks.  According to Deadline, they are postponing the production, but not canceling it.  The movie has a star-studded cast lined up including Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, and Camilla Belle!  However, with the film’s $120 million dollar price tag, the project needed to be revised to cut production costs.

The films production company, Legendary Pictures, are thought to be the ones behind the postponing, citing that while the budget is to large, the script also needs to be developed more.

The action packed film is based on a 17th century poem written by English poet John Milton.  The tale told is one of good versus evil, chronicling the heavenly battle of the Archangel Michael against the fallen angel Lucifer.  The poem is mostly about the Fall of Man and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.  It carries with it topics such as fate, predestination, sin, and the origins of fallen angels.

There are many other theological issues addressed in this epic poem considering its size.  It was published in 10 books.  A second revised edition published 7 years later was 12 books!  It’s a poem of epic proportions!

Cooper has also been working on the remake of the film, The Crow, which is also based on a graphic novel while director Proyas has been trying to get any of his projects of the ground for more than a year. This doesn’t bode well for the project that might end up being delayed longer than expected.

Hopefully the production will get back on track soon enough.  It’s a huge project covering an intriguing topic and I am excited to see how it pans out.

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