Paradise Lost Gets Cut Off9.02.12 # News # One Comment
Paradise Lost has been long-brewing, with John Milton’s epic poem coming to the silver screen via a combination of Bradley Cooper (due to star as fallen angel Lucifer), director Alex Proyas (Dark City) and Legendary Pictures (the producing power behind the revived Batman franchise, along with Warner Bros.). However the plug has apparently just been pulled on the project.
A budget as out of control as a hamster on heroin was what triggered the collapse of the movie version of Paradise Lost, with reports suggesting that more than $10 million had already been lavished on the flick, and that Legendary was staring down the barrel of a final bill of $120m-plus.
“Too much!”, the production house cried late last year, as principal photography was postponed. And that postponement has now reputedly become an indefinite hiatus, with this looking more like a complete At the Mountains of Madness-sized scuttling than a mere Lone Ranger-dimensioned bump on the production path.
Will this lead to Cooper coming back into the reckoning for the lead role in The Crow remake (a movie originally directed, of course, by Proyas)? Maybe, although he has plenty to keep himself busy with, in the shape of Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine follow-up, The Place Beyond the Pines and David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook.