Movie News in 60 Seconds: 'Paradise Lost' Killed, 'Rebecca' Reborn and Patton Oswalt Finds 'Walter Mitty'

Movie News in 60 Seconds: 'Paradise Lost' Killed, 'Rebecca' Reborn and Patton Oswalt Finds 'Walter Mitty'

Feb 10, 2012

Alex Proyas' Paradise Lost Killed: Legendary Pictures has pulled the plug on Paradise Lost, the next film from the director of The Crow and Dark City. The film, which would have starred Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, reportedly spent somewhere in the tens of millions in pre-production, but Alex Proyas and company were unable to put together a plan to pull off the required visual effects spectacle on a $120 million budget, so instead of risking more money on the increasingly pricey endeavor, the studio backed out entirely.

Rebecca Reborn: Variety is reporting that DreamWorks has hired Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) to script Rebecca, a remake of Daphne du Maruier's popular and influential novel about a woman who can't seem to escape the spectre of her husband's previous wife. The novel was most famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 (it went on to win Best Picture), though it's also previously found adaptations in the form of several made-for-TV adaptations, as well as multiple radio and stage plays.

Patton Oswalt Joins Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller's remake of 1947's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty already has a solid cast boasting Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Shirley MacLaine, but it's just added one more in Patton Oswalt. The stand-up veteran will play an eHarmony counselor that helps Walter Mitty (Stiller) create a dating profile. That description makes it sound like a small role, but if you've seen Young Adult, you no doubt know that Oswalt can do big things no matter the size of the part.

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