First Look: Video Game Footage from Dante's Inferno
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2009
No, we're not a video game site, but it's a slow news day, and this does actually pertain to a movie in the end. On Halloween last year, we wrote about a bidding war in Hollywood over an unannounced video game from Electronic Arts called Dante's Inferno. Nothing was publicly known about the game, besides that it would involve a journey through the depths of hell and was a modern interpretation of the epic poem from Dante's Divine Comedy. EA has finally debuted a real trailer for the game (via SlashFilm) which means we now get our first look at the visuals, which will obviously be a big part of the eventual Hollywood adaptation.
When a big bidding war like this occurs in Hollywood, it definitely means this is a game we should take an interest in. But usually, the game is already out or we know more about it, but this is a rare case where none of that is true. Which is why I'm featuring this trailer, because I'll be damned if that doesn't look badass!
While I'm sure the story is going to differ from what was actually written in The Divine Comedy, the first poem, "The Inferno", follows Dante as he ascends through the nine circles of hell and observes the horrors found there. The nine levels are organized primarily by sins: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. Universal ended up winning the bidding war and is still planning to adapt the game, most likely once it hits shelves and proves to be as popular as they're expecting it will. I will say, though, that if the movie looks anything like the game in the end, we're in for one hell of a wild ride.