If you’ve been paying attention to the latest goings-on in Hollywood, you’ll see that things are really ‘hotting up’ (see what I did there?) for the proposed adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. If not, then I just told you.
Dante’s Inferno was a video game released in 2010 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP, based on the epic poem by Dante Alighieri. It follows the story of the Templar knight, Dante, making his way through the nine circles of Hell to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from the clutches of evil Lucifer (the Devil, for those people who don’t read). I loved this game when it came out – the vision of each circle of Hell (Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and, Treachery) was unique and visceral. Sadly, whilst the artwork of the game was fantastic, the game itself turned into just another button-bashing fiasco.
Now, it transpires that Universal (who bought the game rights seven years ago) are wanting to turn this game into a film, to be helmed by Fede Alvarez (the chap behind the brilliant remake of the equally brilliant Evil Dead) and the script is to be penned by Jay Basu (who has written Monsters: Dark Continent – due to be released in 2014).
This is not the first film adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, however. EA released Dante’s Inferno: The Animated Epic to tie-in with the game back in 2010. The film was split into several parts, with each being animated and designed by a different director. Commercially, it was not that much of a hit – but in terms of quality of film and accuracy when compared to the game, it scores very highly.
Personally, I am very excited for this film – if they do it right, then the movie will be a grotesque vision of Hell, much like the game offered. Oh, and hopefully it won’t be in 3D.
There’s no release date as of yet, but if it follows in the footsteps of all the other video game movies, we can expect it to be released…never.
So what do you think? If you’ve played the game, how do you feel about a potential film adaptation? If you haven’t played the game, then what are you waiting for? GO GO GO!