Those few who have read John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost will have been marveling at the ambitious feat being proposed by Australian director Alex Proyas and his team to make it into a film. However, it now appears that fans will have to wait a little longer to see Lucifer’s fall from grace as the producers have put this project on hold.
Filming was due to begin next month, but Legendary Pictures have postponed production so that the budget can be reduced. Apparently, the cost of the film had been creeping up past $120 million and the company are now trying to find ways they can reduce this number. However, while shooting has been delayed, everyone involved has stressed that this is not the end of the epic production. Legendary Pictures are hoping that they can fix the situation and get back on track as early as spring or summer of 2012.
The cast and crew have already been assembled for the Paradise Lost film, including Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Limitless) to star as fallen angel Lucifer. Rufus Sewell (a Knight’s Tale, The Holiday) will play Samael, who sends the serpent to tempt Eve, played by Camilla Belle (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 10,000 BC) and Casey Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Ocean’s Eleven) will portray the angel Gabriel. It is no surprise that this production has reached an unsurmountable budget, what with the vast perspectives required for the war between the angels and Lucifer’s battle with Archangel Michael. The setting will not be easy, seeing as the action of Paradise Lost takes place in Heaven, Hell and Eden.
It will be really interesting to see how this production ends up being shot, and whether they are indeed able to capture the epic’s true atmosphere and character. Will the characters speak in verse, the way Milton originally wrote it or will it be modernised into something that cannot hope to compare to the original? We will keep you updated with any developments! In the meantime lets hope Alex Proyas and co manage to “regain the blissful [director’s] Seat” as quick as possible.