Proyas' 'Paradise Lost' with Bradley Cooper Will Be Motion Captured
Last September, it was revealed that The Crow and I, Robot director Alex Proyas would be at the helm of an adaptation of John Milton's epic 17th-century poem Paradise Lost, which follows the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, including the latter's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace. Then in May we learned Bradley Cooper would play Lucifer in the Legendary Pictures project (which we'll be covering at their first-ever stand-alone panel at Comic-Con this year). Now we have more details on the project from AusFilm (via The Playlist) who reveals that the film will be motion captured.
Though there were rumblings that the film might be shot in 3D, this is the first we've heard of the film utilizing motion capture technology. Honestly, for the scale and likely stylized visuals the film will employ, it seems like a smart decision as long as it looks better than Robert Zemeckis' glassy-eyes attempts of the past. In the press release at AusFilm, they say, "Paradise Lost will bring an estimated $88 million in production expenditure and an estimated 1,300 jobs to NSW, including over $20 million expenditure and 200 jobs in the visual effects area. The film involves more than 20 weeks of pre-production, eight weeks of principal photography and motion capture, and 72 weeks of post-production and visual effects work."
So it sounds like the entire film will be shot using motion capture, but no mention of 3D necessarily being in the cards. Proyas and his signature visual style working in motion capture does make for an intriguing project, especially an adaptation of something like Paradise Lost. It's certainly an opportunity to shut up some of the naysayers who are always complaining about motion capture being utilized to shoot entire feature films. Obviously we won't be seeing any footage at Comic-Con, but stay tuned for more details on the project later during our 2011 Comic-Con coverage all this week.