Based on the 17th century poem by John Milton, the story revolves around the epic war in heaven between archangels Lucifer (Cooper) and Michael (Walker), including the latter’s role in Adam and Eve’s fall from grace. Hounsou will play Abdiel, the angel of death.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Vincent Newman via his Vincent Newman Entertainment banner.
Stuart Hazeldine developed the primary draft of the screenplay, 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 project will fall under Legendary’s overall agreement with Warner Bros.
Hounsou, most recently seen in “The Temptest,” is repped by CAA and The Safran Company.