Several studios have been actively trimming and shedding projects over the past year. Universal cut loose a handful of board game movies (Ouija, Monopoly, etc.) and scrapped Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, while Warner Bros. has paused or scrapped films like Akira, Arthur & Lancelot and Paradise Lost.

That last one is to be directed by Alex Proyas as a big-budget re-imagining of the war in heaven that follows the fall of Lucifer, as told in Milton‘s epic poem Paradise Lost. We know that the plan for the film involves a relatively short live-action shoot in Australia, which will then be followed by a year of intense post-production in which the film’s big aerial battle sequences will be brought to life. Bradley Cooper is on board to play Lucifer.

In December Legendary Entertainment pulled back plans to shoot the film early this year, as the budget was pushing north of $120m. The idea was to rework the script a bit so that the cost could be brought back down to earth. Now Bradley Cooper suggests that process was successful, as he thinks the film could shoot by this summer. Read More »


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If you’ve been following the development of Paradise Lost, which Alex Proyas was planning to direct early next year with Bradley Cooper starring as Lucifer, and which is said to feature a few massive battles between armored airborne angels, you might have thought, “gee, that sounds really expensive.”

Turns out Disney isn’t the only company willing to put a film on hold when the budget threatens to get out of hand, as Legendary Entertainment has just benched Paradise Lost while some script changes are made that will help bring the budget down a bit. And in the meantime, hopefully Bradley Cooper can move forward with his stated intent to script a film version of Dan SimmonsHyperion novels. Read More »

The latest addition to Alex Proyas‘ adaptation of Milton‘s canonical poem Paradise Lost is Casey Affleck, who is in talks to play the God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, in the film. Along with him comes Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.), who is reportedly the top choice to play Eve. Read More »

It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

Benjamin Walker, the star of rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, walked away from playing Beast in X-Men: First Class, only to end up in the title role of Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now he is finishing a deal to appear in another big movie that will revamp an old tale. Only this time, the tale is much older and the scope is infinitely more broad: the actor will be the Archangel Michael in Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which already stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. Read More »

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Last week we saw a few pieces of concept art for the planned Legendary Pictures version of Paradise Lost, which Alex Proyas will direct with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer. The art shown at Comic Con isn’t online in high resolution at this point, but the company has released a new piece of concept art teasing the appearance of Lucifer. Check it out in larger form below. Read More »

For their appearance at Comic-Con this year, Legendary Pictures hosted a panel showcasing four of their upcoming films. Two of those were the fantasy projects The Seventh Son, Sergey Bodrov‘s YA adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. (Click here to read Russ’ coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, also part of the Legendary panel.) Read panel highlights and check out concept art for The Seventh Son and Paradise Lost after the jump.

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Most of the best filmmakers got their starts when another, more experienced, filmmaker took them under their wing. Famous examples include Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth (who was also mentored to a lesser extent by David Lynch), Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp, Roger Corman and everyone and next up, Shane Abbess has Alex Proyas.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proyas will produce and “godfather” a film called Future Perfect which Abbess, an Australian director who almost did Source Code, will direct. Future Perfect focuses on an older man and younger girl, both genetically enhanced assassins, who are forced to go on the run. Think Hanna and The Professional meets Paper Moon. Read more after the break. Read More »