Monday, September 20, 2010

Paradise Lost by John Milton set to be next big fantasy movie epic

Don't worry kids, epic poetry might turn out to be cool in 2012, if we're lucky.

The 1667 poem by John Milton that chronicles Satan's war with God, his expulsion to Hell, and his revenge upon God, achieved by corrupting humanity, has long been a source of good quotes for bad guys. The most famous quote by far is "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." Late last year I had the pleasure of diving into this classic and found it to be very compelling reading, especially because I like the fantasy genre.

Paradise Lost is packed with:

<> Great battles among the angels loyal to God and those siding with Satan.
<> Lovely descriptions of the Garden of Eden
<> Clever dialogue as Satan corrupts Adam and Eve

I consider one of the most important conflicts in Paradise Lost to be the raging debate between obedience and free will. Does one actually have free will if one always chooses to obey? Also, is not the requirement of obedience itself subjugating? I expanded on these thoughts significantly in my earlier post about Paradise Lost.

As for the movie, Variety reported on Sept. 16th that Alex Proyas had signed with Legendary Pictures to direct the movie adaption of Paradise Lost.

Variety described the project as telling "the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D."

I'm hoping that, Christian prudishness aside, we'll also get some steamy scenes of Original Sin. Who's going to play Adam and Eve?