Director Alex Proyas’ ambitious adaptation of Paradise Lost seemed to be moving ahead at full steam, putting together a cast that includes Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, Benjamin Walker as Michael and Casey Affleck as Gabriel. But now Deadline reports the film has hit a financial snag, leading Legendary Pictures to postpone its January start.
According to the website, the production has crept beyond its $120 million because the tremendous amount of green-screen and visual effects work required to tell an epic story of heaven and hell. Like Disney’s Lone Ranger before it, Paradise Lost hasn’t been axed but is simply being delayed while studio executives try to whittle down costs. Legendary is reportedly hoping to go into production in late spring or early summer, which of course could mean that some roles will have to be recast because of scheduling.
But Paradise Lost isn’t alone in its budget problems: Deadline also contends that Warner Bros.’ Arthur & Lancelot, which already has a March 15, 2013, release date, could be shelved unless producers get the budget under control. The David Dobkin-directed film, which stars Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington and The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman in the title roles, has seen its budget balloon from $90 million to what executives fear could reach $130 million.
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