In a move sure to send future high school students across the country into fits of ecstasy ("Yippee! We can watch the movie instead of reading!"), Legendary Pictures just announced plans for a live-action film versions of John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost. In case you've either forgotten or were a bad kid and didn't bother to read the book when it was assigned to you, the work tells the little story of "Lucifer's failed rebellion in heaven [back in his angel days] and his part in the fall of man and Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden." Among other things.

Presumably because he knows his evil, The Exorcism of Emily Rose writer-director Scott Derrickson is on board to not only direct the film, but also help develop the screenplay. According to Legendary representatives, the film, with a budget in the $100 million range, is going to be a visual extravaganza, full of "epic battle[s]" and "fierce" angels.

Calm yourselves though, eight graders -- it's going to be a while before this one is done so, if you're going to be assigned the book, say, sophomore year? You're probably going to be doing some reading.