Dantes Inferno

No, the director of the new Evil Dead film is not making a film based on Dante¬†Alighieri’s classic poem. He might, however, helm a film based on a video game of the same name. Fede Alvarez, who wowed audiences earlier this year with his brutal new take on the classic Sam Raimi film, is in talks to helm Dante’s Inferno, based on the Electronic Arts game. The game borrows from Dante’s classic poem in that you actually play as a knight named after the poet who travels into the nine rings of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice.¬†Jay Basu wrote the most recent draft of the script and Universal Pictures will distribute. Read More »

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In November, Universal Pictures won a bidding war to develop a big screen movie adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, the yet-to-be-released video game from Electronic Arts. Variety reports that Dan Harris, screenwriter of Superman Returns and X2: X-Men United, has been hired to pen the adaptation.

The property is a modern interpretation of the famous poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300′s. The narrative poem describes Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell where they see sinners being punished for their sins on Earth. If you want to see what the film might look like (think-Zack Snyder), check out the trailer that was released last month.

What Will Universal’s Dante’s Inferno Look Like?

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Electronic Arts has released a trailer for Dante’s Inferno, the video game which was subject to a Hollywood bidding war, which ended with Universal Pictures winning the right to develop a big screen movie adaptation. The property is a modern interpretation of the famous poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300′s. The narrative poem describes Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell where they see sinners being punished for their sins on Earth. Check out the trailer after the jump thanks to /Gamer. It gives you an idea of the game’s style, which was one of the huge selling points of a possible movie adaptation.
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Last night during the SpikeTV Video Game Awards, they premiered the trailers for upcoming movie video game adaptations Watchmen and Terminator Salvation. They also showed a first look at Dante’s Inferno, the Electronic Arts video game which was subject to a bidding war last month which ended with Universal Pictures winning the right to develop a big screen movie adaptation. Check out the trailers on /Gamer: Terminator Salvation, Watchmen: The End is Nigh and Dante’s Inferno.

An update to our story from last week: Universal Studios has won the bidding war for EA’s yet-to-be-announced game based on poem “Dante’s Inferno”. [Variety] Our previous story follows.

Hollywood is going crazy for video game properties, which is insane considering most video game adaptations have failed to perform at the box office (aside from Tomb Raider and Resident Evil). Universal, Paramount, New Regency and MGM are currently in a high-stakes bidding war for the rights to a video game which hasn’t even been announced yet.

The Electronic Arts game in question is being called internally “Dante’s Inferno” and is a modern interpretation of the poem. Written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300′s, the narrative poem describes Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell where they see sinners being punished for their sins on Earth. Sounds interesting, but I’d rather the Hollywood studios wait and see how the reactions of the gaming masses before going all batty.

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