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Paradise Lost Thrown Into Purgatory
The epic has been shelved

10 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Paradise Lost Thrown Into Purgatory

The writing was seemingly on the wall last December when the film was put on hold, but it looks like the end of the road for Alex Proyas’ epic take on Paradise Lost, which has now been scrapped by Legendary Pictures.

Deadline reports that the movie, which was inspired by John Milton’s poem and had a script featuring input from several writers including Exam's Stuart Hazeldine, had simply reached a budgetary size and scope that made the studio nervous and pushed the likely cost to a point where it simply wouldn’t be possible.

It’s not tough to see why Lost was going to be so expensive: the visual effects required to performance capture angelic battles and Heavenly visions were simply too much for the producers to factor in, even as delays were called and the finances were reworked. It’s a big gut punch to the crew, which had already started to assemble in Australia even though the movie hadn’t technically yet gotten a green light.

The film was to have starred Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Diego Boneta, Camilla Belle, Casey Affleck, Calla McAuliffe and Djimon Hounsou, but they’re all free to pursue other work now. Cue Warner Bros. feverishly pencilling in time for Cooper to shoot The Hangover 3.

Will it come back to life? Well, it’s been down before and come back, so anything is possible. It might just need to wait for the effects tech to catch up (and therefore the costs to drop)…

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Not surprised really
Didn't think there would be much of a market for this among this generation's illiterate and indeed barely articulate cinema-going youth... More

Posted by artilleryman at 13:34 on 12 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
Cucking Error 500 More

Posted by NinjaShortbread212 at 01:41 on 12 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
What a disappointment! It would have been really interesting to see this. The book epic but I made the mistake of reading the scholar version, DOH! which I'm sure took me ecer-so-slightly longer to get through. Still, it will always be a classic. More

Posted by NinjaShortbread212 at 01:39 on 12 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost Alas, it's rather light on the angelic warfare, and rather heavy on the Jesus. More

Posted by Duncanmorrison at 17:10 on 11 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
Damn, wanted to see this. the book is epic (if a difficult read). More

Posted by Spaldron at 17:09 on 11 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
Can't say I'm too surprised this was cancelled: it's not based on a boardgame, action figure or TV show. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 16:21 on 11 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
Did he??? More

Posted by Cyberleader at 09:01 on 11 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Paradise Really Is Lost
I'm afraid Milton rather beat you to it on the sequel front.. More

Posted by Duncanmorrison at 13:20 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: That's a shame. I was intrigued by this one...
This was one I was really looking forward to. Very dissapointing news! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:48 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

That's a shame. I was intrigued by this one...
... I reckon the end of the article is probably right. Maybe after the Avatar sequels this kind of movie will be cheaper to make? I think the idea is really interesting so hopefully this will come back. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:53 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

Paradise Really Is Lost
Wow, that is a surprise. You don't often hear of movies being cancelled. I was looking forward to seeing this. I've kind of written the sequel to it. More

Posted by BenTramer at 00:18 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

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