April 20, 2006

‘Emily Rose’ director finds way to ‘Paradise’

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The director of surprise
fall hit "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is bringing John Milton's
"Paradise Lost" to the big screen.

Written in 1667, Milton's epic poem revolves around the
fall of man and the classic battle of good vs. evil, telling
along the way the story of Satan/Lucifer, the angel who tries
to overthrow God, and the temptation of Adam and Eve and their
expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote and directed "Emily Rose,"
is attached to direct the project for independent production
company Legendary Pictures, which is looking to make a
live-action film epic with a budget north of $100 million.

"This is the war that started all wars, and it will
certainly have an epic feel to it," Legendary chairman and CEO
Thomas Tull said. "If you want to get biblical, when God needed
something done, He sent in angels. And these can be pretty
fierce creatures. So if you think about what that epic battle
looked like and try to realize visually what it would have
looked like, it can potentially be pretty incredible."

Under Legendary's deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to
co-produce and co-finance at least 25 pictures during an
initial five-year term, Warners would have first crack to
distribute the movie.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter