Alex Proyas [Knowing, I, Robot, The Crow] is set to direct Legendary PicturesParadise Lost, an adaptation of John Milton’s 17th-century English poem originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. The movie is about the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be developed as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D, says Variety

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce along with Vincent Newman [A Man Apart] through his eponymous banner. The Script has been in motion for quite some time with Stuart Hazeldine developing the primary draft that was originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Lawrence Kasdan provided a polish as well as Ryan Condal, who delivered the most recent draft.

The story is separated into twelve books, broken down shortly after initial publication, following the model of the Aeneid of Virgil. Milton’s story contains two arcs: one of Satan [Lucifer] and another of Adam and Eve. The story of Satan follows the epic convention of large-scale warfare. It begins after Satan and the other rebel angels have been defeated and cast by God into Hell, or as it is also called in the poem, Tartarus. Satan employs his rhetorical skill to organize his followers; he is aided by his lieutenants Mammon and Beelzebub. Belial and Moloch are also present. At the end of the debate, Satan volunteers himself to poison the newly created Earth. He braves the dangers of the Abyss alone in a manner reminiscent of Odysseus or Aeneas. Milton’s epic is generally considered one of the greatest literary works in the English language.

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