Although Alex Proyas ("I, Robot") was originally signed to direct an epic live-action feature film version of Legendary Pictures' "Paradise Lost", adapting the 17th-century English poem by John Milton, the project could still be developed as an animated feature, taking its inspiration from the 19th century engravings of French artist Gustave Doré:
Premise of the story focuses on the 'epic war' in heaven between the archangels 'Michael' and 'Lucifer'.
Milton's poem, published in 1667, contained ten books, with over ten thousand individual lines of verse.
A second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books, with minor revisions.
The majority of the poem was written while Milton was blind, and was transcribed for him, dealing in diverse topics including marriage, politics, monarchy, grappling with difficult theological issues, including fate, predestination, the Trinity and the introduction of sin and death into the world.
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