Gert has an idea for a TV series called A Bro Called Satan. Essentially, it’s a retelling of Paradise Lost. (There’s already a movie by that name, but it’s about drug-smugglers in Colombia). This is not a spin-off or a reimagining. Gert’s script will be utterly faithful to the narrative of the original. It’s set in Heaven, yes, literally Heaven (see illustration), not a big corporation or a quarrelling royal dynasty or among the mafiosi. There’s God, called God (beard, temper, etc) and Satan (ditto) and the good and bad angels, hell, Adam and Eve, a real serpent and the Garden of Eden. No new characters, no new plot elements. No excuses for Satan on the ground of childhood abuse. No rapping among the angels he hangs out with. No dissolute local squire complicating things in Eden. The motivations remain the same. The trick will be to translate Milton, to make him cool (or whatever they say these days). Of course, it won’t be in iambic pentameter, but in the relaxed patois of Generation-whatever-we’re-up-to.
This has enormous potential, don’t you think? But Gert is just a little out of touch with the argot of the target audience. Young creatives are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity. Spread the word!