Milton’s “Paradise Lost” getting 21st century treatment! Twice?

Posted on 30 April 2009 by Quaid

For those of you clamoring for an independent film based on one of John Milton’s famous works, the wait is over.  ”Paradise Lost” is coming to a cineplax near you.

paradiselostThe film will be co-produced by Granite Entertainment, STV Networks, and producer Martin Poll, and will have a budget of $30-$35 million.

Which is a healthy amount of money for an independent film, but seems a little lean considering Milton’s play is about Satan’s fall from grace.  I always pictured that scenario with machine guns and Sly Stallone slitting people’s throats in a huge-budget action scene…but that’s just me.  Maybe they’re going the minimalist, “tasteful” route here…

Oh wait, I almost forgot to mention…there is ANOTHER “Paradise Lost” film getting made by Legendary Pictures and Vincent Newman Entertainment.  Looks like we’re going to have ourselves a “battle of the paradise’s.”  I really wonder why Hollywood does this…(read more on that subject HERE).

Scott Derrickson is attached to direct the bigger-budgeted Legendary Pictures version, while Poll’s long in-development (since the 60′s) version is still looking for a director.  It does have a couple of actors set to play Adam and Eve, though, in unknowns David Dunham and Patricia Li Bryan.  

They’re looking for a big star to play Satan.  I vote Roseanne Barr.  Chills.                           

1 Comments For This Post

  1. ShepRamsey Says:

    Dammit. TWO Paradise Lost movies and not one of them is a third part of the West Memphis Three documentaries. Sadness.

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