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Thursday, February 09, 2012

PARADISE LOST Indeed. Canned By Legendary!

Sad news today: Legendary Pictures has canned the Alex Proyas directed adaptation of the John Milton poem of good vs. evil, PARADISE LOST.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Bradley Cooper (who would have played Lucifer) was saying that all is well and that production will move ahead in June.

Certainly the talent and creative crew was in place for this epic movie to get made - so just what happened? Rather, what didn't happen: The visual effects requirements for this film were just too out of reach to be considered for a self imposed $120m budget. This despite Legendary already spending low 8 figures to get the project to the 11th hour.

This has to be a tough pill to swallow for Legendary. And it certainly is for fans of Proyas and Cooper. I was really looking forward to this movie getting made - how they were going to get this done was as interesting as the final product. Like James Cameron films. Cameron has often had to wait for technology to catch up.

There is always a chance that this beast gets picked up at a later date, perhaps when said VFX technology is in place. Here's hoping.

Source: Deadline

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