April 17, 2014

Bradley Cooper vehicle “Paradise Lost” is dead


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is surprising news: Legendary Pictures has pulled the plug on director Alex Proyas’ planned adaptation of “Paradise Lost,” which was to cast “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper as Lucifer.

Previous reports made note of the film’s expansive budget, and sources close to the production tell THR that the cost and the enormity of the planned special effects were the ultimate downfall of “Lost.”

“Legendary is realizing it needs to be more fiscally prudent in the movies it greenlights,” the trade notes.

“Legendary also realized that in order to effectively bring to life Milton’s war between heaven and hell, it was going to need ‘Avatar’-like special effects. But ‘Avatar’-like effects call for an ‘Avatar’-like budget, and execs realized the technology wasn’t there to make the movie in the budget range in which they were working.”

Part of me admires the studio’s ability to bail on a project before getting in way too deep. But on the flip side, I really wanted to see Proyas bring this sprawling vision to the big screen. It’s unlikely this will ever happen, unless George Lucas or James Cameron decide they’d like to mount the project. Which is unlikely.

So for now, “Lost” is dead … and “The Hangover 3” is way more likely to happen now than ever before.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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