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Sorry, lovers of 17th Century English poetry, but it looks like you won't be getting that effects-heavy version of 'Paradise Lost' starring Bradley Cooper any time soon. Alex Proyas ('The Crow,' 'Dark City') had been set to direct an adaptation of John Milton's epic poem for Legendary Pictures, which had been slated to begin shooting last month; a crew having already been hired for the Australia-based shoot. Then, just before shooting was to commence, the film saw its start date pushed back to early this coming summer. Now those crews have been sent home and the whole project has been killed due to budget problems. The story of 'Paradise Lost' would have focused on the battle between Lucifer (Cooper) and the Archangel Michael (Benjamin Walker).
It's always about the money, isn't it? Well, yes it is, because studios are in the movie business to make money so failing to come in under budget has been the kiss of death for many a film. Recently it has sunk the likes of 'Arthur and Lancelot,' and 'Akira,' both of which were Warner Brothers films; a studio in partnership with Legendary Pictures. I have to wonder if the problem is that Warner Brothers is sinking so much money into post-production on 'The Dark Knight Rises' that they can't take any financial risk on other projects until they begin to see grosses from their summer superhero epic. That's conjecture of course, but whatever the reason, I have to say that, in the words of the great Lord Humungus, I am gravely disappointed that I won't get to see 'Paradise Lost.' Not that I'm a huge fan of Milton, although even if I were the film version would probably not have held too closely to the source material if it had any intention of making money, but the idea of Bradley Cooper as the devil struck me as an interesting piece of against-type casting and I was really looking forward to seeing what he did with the role. There is always the possibility that this project could be resurrected at some point, but given the climate of belt-tightening in Hollywood at the moment, I'd say 'Paradise Lost' doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell.
What do you guys think? Were you interested in seeing this film? Are you surprised the studio pulled the plug? Who are your favorite cinematic Satans?