Legendary Pictures Officially Shuts Down Alex Proyas' 'Paradise Lost'
After being delayed last month, when shooting was supposed to commence, it sounds like Paradise Lost is going to that big shelf in the sky where the epic Biblical war written by John Milton would've taken place. Deadline has word that Legendary Pictures has scrapped Alex Proyas' developing adaptation about the epic war in heaven between archangels Lucifer and Michael, including the latter's role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace. Talent like Bradley Cooper, Diego Boneta, Benjamin Walker, Casey Affleck and more had been lined up for the project, but apparently it's the heavy visual effects budget that has it dead.
While Legendary may be shutting down the project for now, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and producer Vincent Newman will continue developing it to craft a budget (currently at around $120 million) that's a bit more reasonable. It's sad to hear this news not only because Proyas' visualization of such an epic battle would've been unbelievable to see on the big screen, but also because a crew was all ready to go for a shoot in Australia, and now those people will have to find a new job. If the budget does end up getting reworked to a satisfying number, there's no telling just how much of the acting talent, especially a big name like Bradley Cooper, will stick around to do the film if/when the time comes.