According to Deadline Legendary Pictures has halted production on Paradise Lost, the action epic inspired by John Milton’s 17th Century poem which was set to begin production next month in Australia.
The budget is said to be the cause, surpassing $120 million and making Legendary Pictures reassess the situation. The producers will now attempt to trim the budget, and production may get under-way by late spring or early summer.
Alex Proyas (I, Robot) is directing and the movie follows Michael (Benjamin Walker), an archangel engaged in an epic battle of good and evil with Lucifer (Bradley Cooper), who mounts an army after after he is cast out of heaven. The Angel of Death (Djimon Hounso) turns his back on The Devil to tell God of Lucifer’s defection, and Gods six-winged messenger Gabriel (Casey Affleck) also joins the fight to defeat The Devil.
The movie will be heavy on digital effects, meaning 20 weeks of pre-production are required. Only 8 weeks of actual filming will take place, followed by 72 weeks of post-production. There are said to be three epic battles in the story. One that takes place in Heaven, another in Hell, and a third in Eden.
Warner Bros. were planning to release Paradise Lost sometime in 2013, but that may change depending on when production eventually begins.