So here's a weird one: Alex Proyas will be directing an adaptation of John Milton's 17th-century poem 'Paradise Lost' -- the epic story of the war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer, including the temptation of Adam and Eve -- and Bradley Cooper is in early talks to take the role of Lucifer.

This will be a big fanboy tentpole film for Legendary Pictures, according to Variety, and will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D. Talk about adaptation. Milton must be turning in his grave.

A lot of people have had a hand in this one: According to Variety, Stuart Hazeldine developed the main draft of the screenplay, originally written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Lawrence Kasdan did a polish as well as Ryan Condal, who delivered the most recent draft.

Legendary is hot in Hollywood these days. Their stable includes 'Batman Begins,' '300,' 'The Dark Knight,' 'Watchmen,' 'The Hangover,' 'The Town, 'Due Date' and even 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.' Coming down the pike for them: 'Wrath of the Titans,' 'Jack the Giant Killer,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'The Man of Steel,' 'Pacific Rim' with Guillermo del Toro and a 'Godzilla' reboot.

Warner Bros., which has a deal with Legendary, will likely distribute the film worldwide.

Proyas is probably best known for directing 'The Crow,' 'Dark City,' 'I, Robot' and the recent 'Knowing'; Cooper was just seen in 'Limitless' and next hits the big screen with 'The Hangover Part II' (May 26).
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