class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-43819″ title=”Alex Proyas” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Alex Proyas (The Crow, Knowing) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to direct Paradise Lost, a film based on the epic 17th-century English poem by John Milton.

Paradise Lost tells the story of the epic war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer. It was originally published in 1667 as ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse.

Proyas will replace Scott Derrickson, who was Legendary Pictures first choice. The film will be an action vehicle, likely to be shot and released in 3D.

No word on when production will start, but expect this to be a film of epic proportions.

Variety reported this one.