Director Alex Proyas (Knowing) is set to helm a 3D adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The 17th-century epic poem is about the Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve and the pair’s eventual expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Variety says the project, “will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.” While Milton’s poem has withstood the test of time, a common complaint from critics is the distinct lack of aerial warfare.
In April 2009, we reported on two competing Paradise Lost projects. One was the passion project of producer Martin Mull and the other was from Warner Bros. with Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still remake) at the helm. Since Legendary Pictures is behind this new project and they’ll likely be co-financing and co-producing with Warner Bros., it means that Derrickson’s version is almost definitely dead (and seeing as we haven’t heard anything about since April 2009, it’s probably been deceased for some time). Paradise Lost is probably still a ways off since Proyas is planning to shoot Dracula: Year Zero (starring Sam Worthington) in June.