Dueling versions of Paradise Lost may face off in theaters?

Veteran producer Martin Poll has joined with Granite Entertainment and STV Networks to mount an indie film version of John Milton's 17th-century epic poem Paradise Lost, which has been gestating for nearly four decades and could enter production as early as the summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If so, it could find itself going up against a competing version of "Paradise" that Legendary Pictures and Vincent Newman Entertainment have been developing for several years.

The poem deals with Satan's fall from grace, his temptation of Adam and Eve and the first couple's subsequent banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Poll began working with British author and screenwriter John Collier, who wrote a screenplay that was published in book form in 1973. Although Collier died in 1980, Poll said he has renewed his option over the years.

Two unknown young actors, David Dunham and Patricia Li Bryan, are on tap to play Adam and Eve as part of a multiethnic cast. The producers hope to land a star to play Satan.

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