Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Better to View in Hell, then Read in Heav'n

I know I promised I'd blog about my favorite musicals next, but this is just too hilarious to pass up. (May require registration.)

I believe my favorite part is when the producer who is all keen about the film claims that the poem was written in old English (much like many 215 students, I imagine). Though he does echo my own sentiments upon reading the epic, desiring "less Adam and Eve and more about what's happening with the archangels." And I agree, that much nudity would be a problem for a major studio film. Though the speaker clearly demonstrates a flawed grasp of the poem as a whole, claiming there's a nudity "problem" in Eden. Any right-minded scholar could tell you that the nudity problem was only a concern after the Fall. Shame on you, Mr. Producer.

Of course, the glee I take from this article only increases when you look at who's attached already. The writer (or re-writer) has as his only credit at TV sci-fi movie called "Riverworld," and the director is best known for "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Hellraiser: Inferno." Oh, and the original writer? His logic for making the film is as follows: "We figured someone’s going to make a movie of it someday, and it might as well be us." That's..... that's just awesome logic. I wholeheartedly support that logic.

Anyway, I'm going to take immense glee in showing this to all the Miltonists I know. It might actually make them cry. And, come opening day, I'll be there in the theatre with my Riverside Milton in hand, laughing uproariously. (Said Riverside Milton having been hollowed out to smuggle in bottles of alcohol.)