“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.”
Screen Daily reports today that Dancing Ledge Productions and actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) are developing a drama series adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, first published in 1667 and detailing the biblical story of the Fall of Man.
Freeman and Dancing Ledge CEO Laurence Bowen are currently discussing the project with writers and broadcasters in the UK and US. Freeman is on board to executive produce, but there’s no word yet on whether or not he’ll also star. Framestore (Guardians of the Galaxy) will produce the visual effects.
The epic poem covers the temptation Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Said Bowen, “Paradise Lost is like a biblical Games of Thrones transporting the reader into an internecine world of political intrigue and incredible violence. At stake? The future of mankind. There’s never been a better time for big, original, bold drama series and Martin and I both feel incredibly inspired by the material.”
“Paradise Lost is epic, exciting and surprisingly modern,” Freeman added.