Bradley Cooper-Starrer 'Paradise Lost' Scrapped By Legendary Pictures

The big-budget film Paradise Lost, which was slated to start shooting in January but was pushed till early summer, has been scrapped, I’m told. The epic-sized Alex Proyas-directed film about the battle between good and evil inspired by the John Milton poem was to star Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, Benjamin Walker as the archangel Michael, Diego Boneta playing Adam and Camilla Belle Eve, with a host of other actors lined up for the action epic.

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alycakes1718d ago

Okay...what is the deal here? They have spent all this time and money already signing up all these people to play the characters. They had almost everybody almost and it was one of those movies that I wanted to see so bad....why do they continue to do this????

I am so disappointed.

JL1717d ago

I'm disappointed too. This could have been something really epic and awesome.

They apparently had to cut their losses, though. It was just going to cost too much and they didn't exactly have the technology for everything they wanted to do.

As for spending money on actors, this was never greenlit. That means they don't have to pay the talent.

alycakes1717d ago

When they say in an article "Bradley Cooper signs on to do 'Paradise Lost'."....They aren't committed to a payday at that time for any amount for their committment to the film? I guess it would depend on whether the star has to make schedule changes for the film or not and if they did.....that might cause a problem with that.

JL1717d ago

Big name talent such as Cooper usually sign on with play-or-pay contracts. What this essentially means is that, as long as he shows up for work so to speak and they start production, they have to pay him his contract. This is true if they use him or not. Even if they fire him before shooting one scene, as long as the movie was in production, they have to pay him.

This practice came about so studios couldnt weasel their way out of talent due to such things as not being used as much as originally intended, cutting them from the film, firing them, etc.

The catch here is that that clause only applies if the movie goes into production and thr actor shows up for work. In this case, it was never greenliy thus never went into production. Basically, it never opened for business so to speak. As such, since the talent was never obligated to show up, the studio isnt obligated to pay.

Of course this works a bit different for some types of talent. For example, writers do their work during preproduction. Thus even if it's never greenlit, they still get paid for the work they already did. As such Legendary is still out plenty money due to preproduction costs.

alycakes1717d ago

Yes, that makes a lot of sense when you put it that way. It takes a lot to get from start to finish....I guess I should know, we wait about 2 years from the time we hear about a movie the first time until it is actually released. Thanks.