Screen Gems has made a boatload of money turning the popular Resident Evil video game series into a film franchise, so it should come as no surprise that the Sony subsidiary is planning to do the same thing with Devil May Cry.
According to a new report from Variety, Kyle Ward (who also wrote the upcoming video game movie Kane & Lynch) has been tapped to write the screenplay for Devil May Cry. Beyond that, not much is known about the project, but I’m sure that won’t stop eager gamers everywhere from trying to figure out who will play the demon-slaying Dante.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Devil May Cry video game series, which is now on its fifth sequel, here’s a brief summary of the first game. If you’re already familiar with the game, check out our sister website Game Rant to join in the discussion about the newest Devil May Cry game (which is actually a prequel to the series).
The series centers on main character Dante’s goal of avenging his mother’s murder by exterminating demons. The gameplay consists of heavy combat scenes in which the player must attempt to extend long chains of attacks while avoiding damage in order to exhibit stylized combat; this element along with time and amount of items collected and used are taken under consideration when grading the player’s performance.
Hmm. Heavy combat scenes? Long chains of attacks with stylized combat? Sounds like the kind of mindless action movie that could rake in major dollars at the box office. It’s no wonder Screen Gems wants to turn the game into a movie.
Interestingly, Devil May Cry was originally intended as a release for the Resident Evil series of games, but it was spun off into its own franchise for being too different. In addition to the upcoming film, the Devil May Cry series has also expanded into novels and comic books.
As we’ve discussed before here at Screen Rant, movies based on video games are frequently terrible, yet Hollywood insists on putting out more and more of them. Soon, producers will look at our list of ridiculous video game movie ideas and convince themselves that Frogger actually would make a good movie.
Is it a foregone conclusion that Devil May Cry will be bad simply because it’s a video game movie, or is there something unique to the story that will translate well to the big screen? If you’re a gamer, share your thoughts with us in the comments.