Director signs on for Legendary film

Alex Proyas is finding “Paradise Lost” for Legendary Pictures, signing to direct an adaptation of the epic 17th-century English poem by John Milton.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce the project along with Vincent Newman (“A Man Apart”) through his eponymous banner.

The project tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D.

Stuart Hazeldine developed the primary draft of the screenplay that was originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Lawrence Kasdan provided a polish as well as Ryan Condal, who delivered the most recent draft.

The film will likely fall under Legendary’s co-production and co-financing agreement with Warner Bros., which will distribute the film worldwide. Studio’s opening “The Town,” which Legendary produced along with GK Films and Thunder Road, this weekend.

Proyas’ credits include sci-fi disaster thriller “Knowing,” “I, Robot” and “The Crow.”

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