Bound for ‘Paradise’

Feature version of Milton's epic poem planned

Hyde Park Entertainment and Vincent Newman Entertainment have rediscovered “Paradise Lost.”

The banners have partnered to produce a feature version of John Milton’s epic poem, based on an adaptation by Phil DiBlasi and Byron Willinger. Newman acquired rights to the screenplay in a deal worth low- to mid-six figures and brought the project to Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Jon Jashni.

“Paradise Lost,” published in 1667, tells the story of Lucifer’s failed rebellion in heaven and subsequent role in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.

“In its embodiment of ancient literature and mythology, ‘Paradise Lost’ is a timeless story of the human quest for meaning,” Newman said.

Fox will have first opportunity to distribute through Hyde Park’s first-look output deal.

DiBlasi and Willinger also wrote “The Crossing,” set up at Focus Features.

Hyde Park is a producer on “Shopgirl” for Disney and “Dreamer” for DreamWorks. It starts production in January on “Premonition,” starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Mennan Yapo, for TriStar/MGM.

Newman’s a producer on “We’re the Millers” for New Line, directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) and written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”), and “Son of Al Qaeda” for Paramount, written by Keir Pearson (“Hotel Rwanda”).

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