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'Evil Dead' Remake Director Heads into 'Dante's Inferno' at Universal

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September 17, 2013

Dante's Inferno

After bringing bloody new life into Evil Dead with a remake of the cult classic horror film from Sam Raimi earlier this year, director Fede Alvarez is going to try his hand at adapting a video game. Deadline has word that Alvarez has been set by Universal Pictures to adapt Dante's Inferno, the Electronic Arts video game from 2010, which is set in the classic Italian poem from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The game, which was picked up by Universal years ago,  follows an Italian mercenary who returns from the Third Crusade and descends into hell in order to retrieve the soul of his murdered lover Beatrice. Read on!

Here's a more detailed synopsis of the game:

The Italian mercenary Dante returns home from the bloodletting that was the Third Crusade to two pieces of soul-crushing news. The first is that although he was assured that he was absolved of mortal sins committed in the form of wartime atrocities in the name of the churches interests in the Holy Land, that is not actually the case and his immortal soul is in grave peril. The second and more terrible is that his beloved Beatrice has been murdered, and her soul pulled down into hell by a dark force. Vowing not to accept the damnation of either souls, he gives chase, vows to get Beatrice back and descends into the infamous nine circles of hell. For weapons, he wields Death's soul-reaping scythe, and commands holy powers of the cross, given to him by Beatrice.

Way back in 2009, X2: X-Men United writer Dan Harris was slated to script the film, but Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) is the most recent writer of the script, with Bruce McKenna ("The Pacific" and "Band of Brothers") writing the earlier draft. Video games are always a difficult animal to tame for the big screen, so we'll see how this turns out. The premise makes for a great video game plot, and sounds like it could be a cool fantasy, so it's all up to Alvarez to make this work. The last time Universal took a gamble on a game in resulted in Battleship, so let's hope this turns out better.

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  • Nathan Williams
    I hate how this article says it's based off the Video Game. Sure the studio has the rights for the Video Game but that traces back to Dante himself and his divine work of art. This has the potential to be great especially with this director I hope he and his team can pull it off!
    • OfficialJab
      Just a way of saying that it will be styled after the game, not the original work I'm sure. Hopefully everyone's aware that it's an adaptation, even if they haven't read it.
    • Ricardo_PT
      No, this is based on the videogame. Don't expect a movie adaptation of the Divine Comedy, or you're in for a bad time at the movies
      • Nathan Williams
        I am not expecting that of course. Especially with this Director attached it shows us the direction they are headed with this. And I'm sure this is obviously just Inferno clearly and not the "whole" story. I'm just saying the source material has the potential to transform into something fascinating. OfficialJab below me has mentioned yes they are clearly basing it on the Video Game and the style of it I just hope they see the potential of what this could become and draw a little more from the original source material and give credit where credit is due to Dante himself but knowing HollyWood we have another turd brewing that could lead to an offal divine comedy trilogy. I just want to be wrong.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Did you miss this part of the article? "Deadline has word that Alvarez has been set by Universal Pictures to adapt Dante's Inferno, the Electronic Arts video game from 2010, which is set in the classic Italian poem from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy."
      • Nathan Williams
        My bad Ethan I clearly skimmed it and overreacted. The Divine Comedy is one of my favorite pieces of literature and to hear that they are more or less basing the movie off the video game is upsetting.
  • Snowmanfloza
    If this director can deliver another good film with this one, then we will know that he will be one to watch from now on. Sounds dope to me.
  • OfficialJab
    I smell a bloated visual effects budget coming. I hope my nose has been out in the cold too long.
  • cuckoozey
    Video games seems more this guy's speed...
  • Such heroic nonsense
    Nice. This could be an awesome movie if done right.
  • Jacob Denton
    the video was awesome. let's see some baby stomping!!
  • dawko
    Let's hope he's not gonna mess it up just like he messed up Evil Dead

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