Alex Proyas, the director behind movies like Dark City, Knowing, and I, Robot has signed on to direct Paradise Lost for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The film, based on John Milton’s 17-century poem, “tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.” More after the jump.
The adaptation was initially crafted by Byron Willinger and Stuart de Blasi, a pair of writers that, at the time of this writing, have no completed projects listed on their IMDB pages. Stuart Hazeldine (2009’s Exam) took over and developed the script from there, and surprisingly Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back) took a run at polishing the script after Hazeldine. Now (finally) it’s in the hands of Ryan Condal – another writer with no credits to his name – who did yet another rewrite and has turned in the latest draft to the studio.
I find it hard to believe that Proyas’ Paradise Lost that we see in theaters will resemble A) Milton’s poem in anything more than title and very basic story and B) Willinger and de Blasi’s original concept for the film. Too many people have had their hands on this script, and I’m not sure I like the sound of it.
What do you think? Are you interested in an all-out aerial battle between angels and demons? Do you think Proyas has the chops to bring it to the big screen?