Paradise Lost Movie Details From The 12-Year Old Director

paradise lost luciferJohn Milton’s Paradise Lost is one of the great works of Western literature. It details Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden by way of their eating of fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil after a little nudging by Satan. Milton’s purpose for the story was to “justify the ways of God to men.” The book is separated into 12 ‘books.’ 1-4 cover Satan’s plotting and journey to Eden, 5-6 give the back-story on Satan’s war in Heaven, and 7-12 deal with the aftermath of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.

Scott Derrickson, director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the upcoming The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, found himself a script for Paradise Lost and gave an interview to Sci Fi. Both the director and the interviewer came off as pre-teen science-fiction/fantasy fanboys who couldn’t resist dropping popular names and gushing over how cool cool people are.

Before giving any details about Paradise Lost, Derrickson couldn’t stop talking about how great Guillermo del Toro is and let us know that he’s having dinner with del Toro to try and get ideas for Paradise Lost because he and Peter Jackson have “cracked the code for sci-fi/fantasy filmmaking.” He then says he’d like to bring del Toro in on the project, you know, without ny knowledge of what he’d bring, if he’s available, or if the studio would even allow it. Guillermo del Toro is hot- “he’s the most exciting filmmaker in the world right now” – and Derrickson can’t contain the geyser of admiration spewing from his mouth.

For the role of Satan, the interviewer couldn’t help but suggest Mickey Rourke- the hot name because of his performance in The Wrestler. Derrickson’s response is “Somebody who could play the madness side of it, yeah.” Unable to contain his joy at getting some back-handed affirmation, the interviewer’s introduction to the interview states the director “likes our suggestion of Mickey Rourke as a possible contender to play Lucifer.” The interviewer goes on to suggest that by focusing on an antihero, the movie could turn out like Spawn. You have to question a person’s credibility when one of their greatest fears is that the movie turns out like Spawn. The interviewer follows that up with his most insightful non-question: “I mean it’s one thing to read the poem and sort of, you know, have it in your head, but to actually see it?” Do you suppose he knows that it’s common for books to be adapted into movies?

The only details Derrickson gives about Paradise Lost is that it’s “an epic battle movie with non-humans that can fly.” Of course, the battle is a minor part of the actual story, but focusing on the battle for Heaven will get all the other science-fiction/fantasy fanboys excited and give an excuse to use more fancy special effects. It’s really no surprise when he compares it to The Lord of the Rings without all the different locations.

It was an absolutely pointless, fruit-less interview, but it did uncover one frightening idea that scares the crap out of me. The last thing Derrickson says in the interview is about the use of CGI in a movie and “that you can get a realism from it that’s better than using real materials.” It is a sad day when someone thinks something computer generated is more real than something that is actually real. The Matrix has us.

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