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In Memory Of 'Paradise Lost': 10 Lost Projects We'd Like To See Resurrected

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 1:00 PM
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Right now, studios seem to like cancelling movies more than they like making them. After a year in which the box office took a hit, and general economic problems continued, plugs were pulled on films from "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Dark Tower" to "Akira" and "Arthur and Lancelot." Only last week, Alex Proyas' Bradley Cooper-starring adaptation of "Paradise Lost," having already been pushed back in an attempt to bring the budget down, was canceled altogether by Legendary Pictures.

Legendary Realizes A Big Budget Movie Based On 'Paradise Lost' Not A Great Idea; Pulls Plug

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 2:54 PM
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The writing was on the wall for this one. Originally set to start a lengthy production in January in Australia, Alex Proyas' "Paradise Lost" was a massive endeavor, promising a 3D mo-cap take on the literary classic that would've required twenty weeks of pre-production, eight weeks of principal photography and seventy-two weeks of post-production. But as that start date loomed the studio got nervous, putting the film on hold, citing both budget and story issues. Perhaps feeling optimistic that they could get that $120 million budget whittled down, a summer start was still on the table, and the film's star, Bradley Cooper, said as recently as two weeks ago that the movie would be in front of cameras in June. But alas, it is not to be.

Bradley Cooper Says 'Paradise Lost' Is On Track To Start Shooting In June

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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Bradley Cooper seems to making all the right moves of late. He wasn't an instant A-lister; his career saw him working away on TV shows like "Alias" and "Kitchen Confidential" before a supporting performance in "Wedding Crashers" put him on track to bigger things, with the smash comedy hit "The Hangover" finally providing him with the right stuff. Since that film, other than a blip with "The A-Team" (which can't really be blamed on him), he's been making sound choices; a giant sequel to "The Hangover," and a surprise hit, "Limitless," sold entirely on his name.

Dane DeHann & Michael Pitt Were Finalists To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'; '300: Battle Of Artemisia' Also Under Scrutiny At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2012 9:22 AM
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It’s looking more and more dire for the creatively bankrupt producers behind Warner Bros.’ big-budget American version of “Akira.” Yesterday brought word that the studio was shutting down production offices, and now Deadline reports that this orphans two actors who were competing to play the important role of Tetsuo.

2011: The Year The Big Projects Died & Studios Discovered (A Little) Fiscal Responsibility

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2011 12:39 PM
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The giant financial crisis that began in 2008 is probably the single event that's had the most wide-reaching ramifications since 9/11, but, as ever, it's taken a few years for the film industry to reflect that, bar the occasional handy coincidence, like "Up in the Air." For the most part, 2011 was the year in which cinematic storytellers began to deal with the mess, from surprise hit "Margin Call" and HBO drama "Too Big To Fail" to the barely-able-to-make-rent lead in "Bridesmaids" and New Depression-era setting of "Real Steel." Even "Tower Heist," dealt with financial inequity and films like "Warrior" dealt with character struggling to make due.

Warner Bros. Puts 'Paradise Lost' On Hold Citing Budget & Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 10:55 PM
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So, just how worried are big studios these days about spending lots and lots of money on risky projects? Well, just ask Sony, which is still smarting from the "Men In Black 3" fiasco, and pushed Roland Emmerich's start and release date for "Singularity" back by months in order to get the script in the best shape it can be. And then there was that whole "The Lone Ranger" thing with Disney, which strong-armed the filmmakers to bring down the cost or else not make the movie at all. And now, the same is happening over at Warner Bros. With a big budget, star-studded, mo-cap, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" set to begin filming in weeks, Aussie film crews are receiving a lump of coal in their stocking this year.

Bradley Cooper Says Bad Timing & Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Leaving Led Him To Exit 'The Crow'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 9, 2011 11:21 AM
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When you think about Bradley Cooper (People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2011), one usually imagines the jerks he’s played in movies (“Wedding Crashers,” “The Hangover” movies) and it’s easy to picture him as a tool in real life. But then you see him in interviews, and he’s a really nice guy. It’s kind of annoying.

'Anonymous' Star Sam Reid Joins The Cast Of Alex Proyas' Big-Budget Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 24, 2011 7:02 AM
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This may be one of those rare occasions when a thespian jumps from Shakespeare to Milton, and it’s not all that big of a deal. That’s because the Shakespeare and Milton work in question are two big budget studio films with CGI-loving directors at the helm, and in the former’s case it’s more of an unraveling of the lore surrounding William Shakespeare than an adaptation.

'Prison Break' Star Dominic Purcell To Play Moloch In 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 11:07 AM
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The epic battle between God and the Devil is going to happen right where it deserves to take place: on the big screen while you're sucking back a jumbo cola and eating your way through a bucket of popcorn.

Callan McAuliffe, Young Leo DiCaprio In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' Joins 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Star Diego Boneta Looked At To Play 'Adam'Hollywood is about to get Old Testament on this shit. Having presumably exhausted comic books, fairy tales and board games as sources of inspiration for their tentpoles, the big studios are going Biblical in search of the next big thing. Francis Lawrence is working on a futuristic take on "Samson and Delilah," Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner are looking to face off as David & Goliath, there are a pair of films about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee in the works, one of which is from Mel Gibson, and overnight it appeared that Warner Bros is trying to court Steven Spielberg to direct Moses flick "Gods and Kings."

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