John Milton's classic 1667 poem, 'Paradise Lost', is about to be adapted for the big screen, according to reports in industry newspaper Variety.

The epic, which tells the story of Lucifer's failed rebellion in heaven and his role in Adam and Eve's fall from grace, is to be directed by Scott Derrickson ('The Exorcism of Emily Rose').

It is being developed by Legendary Pictures, producers of 'Batman Begins' and the forthcoming 'Superman Returns.'

The live-action feature film will be based on an adaptation by Phil DiBlasi and Byron Willinger, writers of 'The Crossing'.

Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures says: "Given the gravity of the source material, it's really important to get it right. It will be ready when it's ready."