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Who says Hollywood has no interest in the classics?

Brian Daly, son of Warner Bros, topper Bob Daly, has sold a screenplay version of John Milton’s 17th-century epic poem “Paradise Lost” to WB-based New Regency Prods.

The young Daly, a New York University film school grad, has been working on the screenplay for some time and recently finished his first draft.

Daly, who declined to disclose terms, said he closed his deal with New Regency a week ago. New Regency confirmed the sale.

The poem, penned in period English, deals with universal themes of good and evil and traces Satan’s descent into Hell and his scheming to get even with God by stripping Adam and Eve of their innocence. Daly said he has modernized the language, but has kept the universality of the story intact.

“What I’ve done is update some of the themes in it,” Daly said.

Daly has done business with New Regency in the past. When he was a film student, New Regency optioned a screenplay of his, “Lazlo Cycles,” about a man trying to cope with being raised by three mothers.

Daly said he met New Regency supremo Arnon Milchan at a baseball game a few years ago. And while his father is one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures and has regular dealings with New Regency, his association with Milchan remains separate.

“Our relationship developed very independently of my father,” Daly said.

Daly’s other credits include a 30-minute film, “White House,” about a group of young adults debating the virtues of the film business one night in a blues club. He also wrote a soon-to-be-released martial arts homevideo featuring Austin St. John, a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

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