Legendary Pictures Pulls the Plug on Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost Adaptation
02.10.12 by BJSprecher
Director Alex Proyas' (I, Robot) new movie, Paradise Lost, was originally scheduled to go into production last month, but concerns about the budget caused Legendary Pictures to push the adaptation of John Milton's 17-century poem about the Fall of Man back until "late spring or early summer" to give the producers time to "rework" the budget. Now, Deadline has reported that, rather than wait for the budget to be tamed, Legendary has decided to pull the plug on the movie.
Written (with polishes by Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal) by Stuart Hazeldine (Knowing) from a script by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, Paradise Lost was envisioned by Proyas to be "a family saga" set in "an adventure about the origins of good and evil." It would have starred Bradley Cooper as the devil, Diego Boneta as Adam, Camilla Belle as Eve, and Djimon Housoun, Benjamin Walker, Casey Affleck, Dominic Purcell and Rufus Sewell as angels.
According to Deadline, Legendary's decision to scrap Paradise Lost was "all about visual effects." To depict angels in combat with one another on the celestial plane would have required the use of expensive motion-capture technology and extensive CGI, which resulted in the forecast budget sky-rocketing over the $120 million Legendary was willing to spend "by 10% or 15%." With the producers having already spent somewhere in the "low eight figures" developing Paradise Lost to this point, it's likely that the movie will get new life somewhere down the line, but not until advances in visual effects technology allow Proyas to maintain his vision without breaking the bank.