'Evil Dead' Remake Director Heads into 'Dante's Inferno' at Universal
by Ethan Anderton
September 17, 2013
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.