Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Join Now
PetHero: Save 25% at the vet; get toys, treats, and a 24/7 lost pet conciergeLearn More

Article

Bradley Cooper film 'Paradise Lost' abandoned by Legendary Pictures

Posted on

Bradley Cooper
Slaven Vlasic / FilmMagic.com

Legendary Pictures has pulled the plug on its budget-busting adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, EW has confirmed. The film was due to star Bradley Cooper as Lucifer — a.k.a. Satan, whose angelic rebellion against God in Heaven leads to his banishment to Hell — as well as Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) as the archangel Michael, Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) as Adam, and Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.) as Eve. Alex Proyas (I, Robot; Dark City) was set to direct. 

Legendary struggled to keep the budget at or below $120 million, thanks to the visual effects needed for the massive scenes of angel-on-angel warfare. Everyone on the film both above and below the line have been released from their job, and the studio — which has co-financed everything from The Hangover movies to all of Christopher Nolan’s Batman pictures — is walking away for now, though it’s unclear whether the movie has been entirely scrapped, or will end up in Hollywood purgatory, i.e. turnaround.

Deadline first reported this story.

Read more:

Rufus Sewell joins ‘Paradise Lost’

Bradley Cooper in, Mark Wahlberg out of talks for ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’

Bradley Cooper to play Satan in ‘Paradise Lost’