Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit) has jumped on board as a producer for an epic new series based on John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem, Paradise Lost. Freeman is currently an executive producer, but according to Variety, he may also have a role in the series.
The series is described as being like a "Biblical Game of Thrones, transporting the reader into an internecine world of political intrigue and incredible violence. At stake? The future of mankind."
The poem concerns the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose stated in Book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men".
Series producer Laurence Bowen had this to say in a statement:
“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. And maybe the first time the devil gets all the best tunes!"
This sounds like an incredible and ambitious project. There's no network attached yet, but it seems like something that belongs on HBO or Netflix. I can't wait to see how this Paradise Lost series comes together!