Martin Freeman to Adapt Paradise Lost into TV Series
According to Variety, the “Sherlock” and “Hobbit” star Martin Freeman is set to executive produce a TV adaptation of Paradise Lost, John Milton’s 17th-century epic poem about the fall of man and Satan’s failed rebellion against God.
FremantleMedia-backed producer Dancing Ledge has a development deal with Freeman and will make the series. At this stage, no writers or broadcaster are attached, but discussions with potential U.S. and U.K. partners are underway. However, we do know that Framestore is on board and will handle the visual effects.
In a statement, Dance Ledge CEO Laurence Bowen described the original Paradise Lost as
“a biblical Game Of Thrones” that carries readers through “an internecine world of political intrigue and incredible violence.” With Freeman adding that Paradise Lost is “epic, exciting, and surprisingly modern.”
Freeman might also play a character in the series, but he hasn’t committed to anything beyond producing yet.