Variety is reporting that Legendary Pictures has canned the film entirely. And we can't say that we're shocked. The movie was always a tough sell, and in today's marketplace, an expensive adaptation of "Paradise Lost" seemed like a devilish bargain (see what we did there?). Deadline elaborates that Legendary had technically not greenlit the project at all, that ultimately the movie only winds up costing them in the low eight figures, and that they aren't on the hook for any pay-or-play deals either.
For now, we can dream of what could have been. Bradley Cooper was to play Lucifer, with Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel the angel of death, Casey Affleck as the heavenly Gabriel, God’s noted messenger and angel. Camilla Belle was set to play Eve, with Callan McAuliffe as Uriel, one of seven archangels. No word on if the project will be reworked or reconceived further, but it seems this incarnation will never come to pass.
This is probably all great news for Warner Bros., who are trying to get the Wolfpack back this summer to shoot "The Hangover Part III" with a Memorial Day release in 2013 being eyed. Suddenly, Bradley Cooper's calendar just got a lot more open.