Proyas Helms Big-Budget “Paradise Lost”

Filmmaker Alex Proyas (“Knowing,” “The Crow”) has signed on to direct a film adaptation of John Milton’s epic 17th century poem “Paradise Lost” for Legendary Pictures reports Variety.

The classic poem deals with Satan’s fall from grace, his temptation of Adam and Eve and the first couple’s subsequent banishment from the Garden of Eden. This adaptation reimagines it with a Hollywood-friendly, action-oriented slant which could possibly be shot in 3D.

Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi penned the initial draft, Stuart Hazeldine developed most of it, while Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal polished it. Scott Derrickson (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”) was previously attached to direct.

Vincent Newman, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce. This is not to be confused with a lower-budgeted rival project announced by Granite Entertainment and STV Networks early last year.