‘Paradise Lost’ Production Delayed by Studio

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John Milton’s famous blank-verse 17th-century poem, Paradise Lost, is set to be given the blockbuster treatment by Legendary Pictures. The studio has recruited an impressionable cast that includes people like Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, and Oscar-nominee Djimon Hounsou to bring the Biblical epic’s various mystical characters to life (under the supervision of The Crow and Dark City helmer, Alex Proyas).

Principal photography on Paradise Lost was previously slated to begin by January of 2012; however, it has now been semi-indefinitly delayed, due to studio heads’ concerns over the project’s budget spiraling out of control.

Paradise Lost will utilize a combination of digitally-based effects tools (green screens, motion-capture suits, etc.) in order to properly realize both the original story’s multiple Archangel characters and three massive action set pieces – specifically, battles set in Heaven, Hell, and Eden. However, because of the expensive filmmaking equipment required to accomplish all that, the movie’s estimated production budget has swelled some “10% or 15%” beyond $120 million and was in danger of climbing even higher.

Deadline says that Legendary Pictures executives and Paradise Lost producer Vincent Newman are now working to reduce the expected production costs for the project; for the time being, the hope is that said financial issues will be hashed out in time for the film to begin shooting on sound stages down in Australia by either late spring or the early summer of 2012.

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Production on 'Paradise Lost' has been postponed.

Studios, in general, tend to be a bit more cautious about moving forward with expensive tentpole projects nowadays, as was most recently (and infamously) illustrated by Disney’s decision to briefly pull the plug on its Lone Ranger movie, back when that Johnny Depp-starring western was expected to cost more than $250 million to produce. That move was largely a response to costly financial flops like¬†Mars Needs Moms and expensive box office under-performers such as Green Lantern and Cowboys & Aliens¬†released in 2011, which demonstrated to studios that heavy investments do not guarantee the final product will be a blockbuster smash (some people already suspect Disney’s upcoming John Carter adaptation will prove to be further evidence of this).

Proyas’ Paradise Lost adaptation is enough of a “surefire bet” to ensure studio executives won’t simply kill the project before it can actually begin production. Hopefully, the flick’s budget crisis will be settled relatively quickly and prove to be little more than a minor pitstop on the film’s journey down the production pipeline.

We will continue to keep you updated on the status of Paradise Lost as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The party is over for all of these movie budgets that somehow far exceed the quality of the finished product. That said I hope this project does get done in some form, but it may have to be made with some old fashion techniques and not rely on looking like a video game.

  2. I really enjoyed how they did Beowulf and was expecting this to have the same look. But Alex Proyas at the helm, I dunno about that. Yes, I personally enjoy his work, but am pretty apprehensive about him helming something as huge as Paradise Lost.

    • If this is anything like Beowulf I’m walking straight out of the theatre. I read both epic poems in Lit 12 and watched the Beowulf film with Jolie, I demanded my money back.

  3. This is disappointing but at the same time not all that surprising. I say that because Paradise Lost is in no way a sure fire hit. There is no one involved with the film that will get an audience in the theater no matter what. Sure Bradley Cooper has some blockbusters under his belt but has anyone ever heard someone say they can’t wait to see a film because he is in it? Or because Proyas is directing? I haven’t. Also you have to consider that movies with a “Biblical” theme aren’t guaranteed hits either. So again I’m not that surprised.

    • Wrong – personally I thought Dark City was an incredible film that raised the bar for intelligent, and visually stunning scifi noir films. I would see this film just based on the fact that Proyas directed it. Lots of people see films because a favorite director is at the helm.

  4. i just hope he doesn’t f**k it up like I,Robot.

  5. All these films cost waaaayyy more than they should.

    • I’m sure that is what most of the accountants at these movies studios say….

  6. Do you remember when a paltry $60 million per film got you Burton’s Batman and Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen? (Both released the same year for you trivia junkies.)

  7. A CG-saturated blockbuster movie of a 350 year-old epic poem by John Milton? Where next? Tom Cruise as Herodotus in “The Inquiries?”

    What a strange world we live in.

  8. Hope this movie is well made. If not then I hope the industry keeps falling on it’s face.

    • Yeah, they better stick to the original text.


  9. I’m thinking a well made story can be done cheaper. lol. Hey District 9 knocked it out of the park no? Great effects I thought and it didnt break anyone’s bank.

  10. This sucks….

  11. that sucks damn it legendary pictures this is a movie that has never been made now it wil can be but of a budget problem the party is over what the hell men this is so unfair alex proyas go to another Film Studio one that gives you a better Budget lets say 150 milion just like thor that movie was awesome but imagine now it would be paradise lost that would be epice men don t give up fight be the force be with you this movie has to be made a lot of people want to see this movie including Me so find another companies that gives you money or another filmstudio or ask for donations to actors film directors like steven spielberg or james cameron just tried it men adiosss

  12. Why people dn’t giv a **** about biblical based epics like this one but are dying for some kind of actions based on the greek/norse mythology, these are all the same .I don’t care what people are saying. I like the poet and his works, just do something (please) . Don’t wana end up waiting for it to be realeased. This gona be great. Can’t wait to see how Lucif will appear