Alex Proyas Hired to Direct Legendary's 'Paradise Lost' Movie
by Alex Billington
September 16, 2010
Take that Universal! It looks like director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, I Robot, Knowing) might not be shooting Dracula Year Zero with Sam Worthington next year after all. Legendary Pictures has a movie that they were developing with Day the Earth Stood Still's director Scott Derrickson called Paradise Lost, based on the epic 17th-century English poem by John Milton, but Variety reports that Legendary has hired Alex Proyas to direct in place of Derrickson and reveals some exciting details about how epic and huge this project will be. I know this is a high profile project for Legendary, so we might see it sooner than you think.
Paradise Lost, originally published in 1667 in ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse, tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer (basically the devil - the bad guy), and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D. Knowing that the guy behind The Crow and Dark City will be doing this is awesome. I've seen a glimpse of some concept art and this movie will be epic and incredibly stylized in a way you've never seen. Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) developed the primary draft of the screenplay that was originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dreamcatcher) provided a polish as well as Ryan Condal, of the most recent draft. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce along with Vincent Newman.
Variety doesn't say anything about how soon they're hoping to move into production, but I have a feeling it's Proyas' priority and something he's really pushing to start sometime in 2011. At least that's what I've heard Legendary wants, since it was already in development for a while with Derrickson. The project is only in the early pre-production stages and we don't know too much about it, but I've got a feeling this could be pretty awesome in the end. I'm also just happy to see Proyas getting back to something that he can put his unique stylistic touch on, as I love his more stylistic genre stuff more than his contemporary Knowing kind of work.