SCOOP: Epic Concept Art From Alex Proyas' Defunct PARADISE LOST
Today, I came across artwork that was created for Alex Proyas' cancelled film, Paradise Lost. The ambitious movie, that would've starred Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, was scrapped over a year ago due to budget concerns. Now, come marvel at what could've been.
In February of 2012, Legendary Pictures finally pulled the plug on the big-budget movie, Paradise Lost. The film was a big screen adaptation of John Milton's 17th century poem. Director Alex Proyas ("The Crow") had planned to use the most advanced 3D and motion capture technology to bring the biblical saga to life. But, in the end the budget concerns were too complicated to overcome. Legendary tried numerous times to rework the numbers to get it below $120 million, but it was too daunting a task. At the heart of the issue, was the enormous amount of visual effects that were required for the celestial battles, that involved massive aerial warfare.
Lucifer and Michael, God's greatest archangels, share the bond of extraordinary friendship until God produces his greatest creation: Man. Unable to remain subservient to God if it means bowing down to humanity, Lucifer begins his dark descent and is cast out — only to plot his revenge.
For me, this is one of few projects that I was really upset about when it was abandoned. And who wouldn't? You can't help but wonder what could've been when you look back at that impressive cast, like Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, Benjamin Walker as the archangel Michael, Casey Affleck as Gabriel, Diego Boneta as Adam, Camilla Belle as Eve and Dijmon Hounsou as Abdiel, the Angel of Death.
Let's not get to down, I do have a treat for all of you. I happened to come across some outstanding artwork that was created by conceptual illustrator, Brian Matyas. Enjoy!
Concept Art Created By Brian Matyas
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