Budget Concerns Delay Start of Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost Adaptation
12.13.11 by BJSprecher
Less than a week after actor Bradley Cooper shared some images of himself wearing a motion-capture suit during a pre-production test for director Alex Proyas' (I, Robot) new movie, Paradise Lost, Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures has "halted plans to begin production" in January, as originally scheduled. According to Deadline's sources, the production will be delayed until "late spring or early summer" to give the producers time to "rework a budget that had passed the $120 million mark by 10% or 15%." Whether the increasingly-in-demand Cooper will still be available after the delay remains to be seen.
Paradise Lost was written (with polishes by Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal) by Stuart Hazeldine (Knowing) from a script by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. It is based on John Milton's 17-century poem about the Fall of Man and has been described by Proyas as "a family saga" set in "an adventure about the origins of good and evil." The cast includes Djimon Housoun as Abdiel, Benjamin Walker as Michael, Casey Affleck as Gabriel, Dominic Purcell as Jerahmeel and Rufus Sewell as Sammael.