‘Dante’s Inferno’ Movie Enlisting the ‘Evil Dead’ Director as Its Guide
When you think of ‘Dante’s Inferno,’ one commonly thinks of the epic poem from Dante Alighieri we all read in high school. However, that’s not what Universal is adapting with its upcoming live-action movie. It’s instead based on the video game, and this adaptation of an adaptation has just found its director.
According to Deadline, Fede Alvarez, who helmed the latest vomit-inducing ‘Evil Dead‘ remake, is in talks to tackle ‘Dante’s Inferno.’ While the literary classic sees the poet Dante traversing the nine circles of hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice, with Virgil as his guide, the Electronic Arts video game on which this film is based imagines the title character as a warrior knight with effects similar to that of the God of War series.
Funny enough, the game was released in 2010 with a companion animated feature, titled ‘Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic.’ (Think Universal’s film will be called ‘The Live-Action Epic’?) Perhaps this version will have more of a horror touch to it, considering Alvarez’s take on ‘Evil Dead’ with its buckets of blood and nightmarish demons.
Bruce McKenna wrote the original treatment of the ‘Dante’s Inferno’ script, though Jay Basu is currently at work on it. Former Strike Entertainment’s Eric Newman and Marc Abraham and EA Entertainment Vice President Patrick O’Brien are producing. To give you some idea of what they’re working with, take a look at the trailer for the Dante’s Inferno game: