Fede Alvarez to Go to Hell and Traverse Dante’s Inferno

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Fede Alvarez to Go to Hell and Traverse Dante's InfernoIf 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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  • krawlingkhaos

    If the movie versions of Bioshock and Halo can’t even get into production, what chance does this project really have?

    They could have made a decent video game out of The Inferno, but what we got wasn’t it, and while I would like to hope they would fix the bad adaptive choices and catch some of the missed potential in a movie version, I have no faith it will actually happen. Let’s just hope it doesn’t look like the end of the Spawn movie for the entire run time. And while I’d like to see a film of the original poem, there is no way a movie where every character except the two leads is naked(lead cloaks aside) is ever going to come out in theaters, sadly.

  • Caterpillar

    I’d watch a new adaptation of the actual poem, but an adaptation of the video game sort of inspired by on the poem? No, I don’t think so.

  • addeisdead

    What ever happened to the adaptation of God of War? I think they actually even had actors attached to that at one point, and it went nowhere.