If Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez has proven anything at this point in his career, it’s that he knows how to deal with demons, and that’s exactly what he’s gonna be doing soon on a much grander scale with this latest project.
According to Deadline, Alvarez is in talks to direct Dante’s Inferno. Universal Pictures is setting him to helm the live action adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game, which is rooted in the famous literary work. Rights to the video game were won by Universal several years ago in a bidding battle.
Former Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing with EA Entertainment vice president Patrick O’Brien. The protagonist, Dante Aligheri, is a knight who, with the help of the poet Virgil, ventures into the nine rings of hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. In the process he becomes an unwitting pawn in an ancient war between heaven and hell.
The game was released in 2010 for Xbox and PlayStation. Jay Basu is the most recent writer of the script, with Bruce McKenna writing the earlier draft.
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