Alex Proyas Tapped To Direct Adaptation of Milton's Paradise Lost

There are some books out there that simply can't be adapted for a feature film. Some stories are simply too graphic or set on too large a scale to be made for the big screen. One of these books is John Milton's Paradise Lost. Though often rumored, nobody will ever successfully produce the film. But that doesn't mean that they aren't still going to try.

Variety reports that Legendary Pictures has tapped director Alex Proyas to direct a film based on the epic poem which tells the story of the war between Heaven and Hell. To make matters even worse, the report states the the project is being developed as an "action vehicle" that will "include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D."

It would be one thing if Peter Jackson decided to craft this story in a Lord of the Rings-type fashion, but this is simply an insult to one of the greatest stories ever written. Milton's story is one of the most heavily detailed and beautiful of all time and they have their fingers crossed that they can get Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to star. I truly hope that this movie dies a horrible death in production hell (see what I did there?).

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