Magazine article Screen International

Alex Proyas to Shoot Paradise Lost in Sydney This Autumn

Magazine article Screen International

Alex Proyas to Shoot Paradise Lost in Sydney This Autumn

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Bradley Cooper to star as Lucifer.

Director Alex Proyas is to help break the drought of big-budget live-action features in Australia by making his next film, the action fantasy Paradise Lost, in Sydney.

It is understood that the current schedule has cameras rolling in October.

Proyas is one of the producers and his key partners are Legendary Pictures and US producer Vincent Newman. Warner Bros Pictures is distributing worldwide.

Bradley Cooper, best known for The Hangover, has been cast as Lucifer. The film is a reworking of an epic poem about god, Adam and Eve, and the fall of man, written in the 1600s by English poet John Milton.

The news was announced at a press conference at Fox Studios Australia by acting New South Wales premier Andrew Stoner and its value to the state is clear: an estimated A$88m will be spent on production and 1,300 people will be employed, 200 in visual effects.

The government also gets a significant new taxpayer as part of the deal: US-based Digital Domain has given a commitment that it will establish a permanent base in Australia's biggest city after it finishes work on Paradise Lost.

It is envisaged that there will be 72 weeks of post and visual effects work, after eight weeks of principal photography and motion capture, and a 20-week post-production period. …

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