‘Evil Dead’ Remake Director in Talks to Helm Movie Based on ‘Dante’s Inferno’ Video Game

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2013 at 11:21 am,

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Horror fans had a lot of reasons to feel trepidation toward this year’s remake of Sam Raimi’s classic low-budget horror The Evil Dead. Though Raimi himself was attached as a producer, the remake was the feature directorial debut of newcomer Fede Alvarez, and no one knew quite what to expect. Alvarez’s Evil Dead was ultimately a box office hit and a moderate critical success, leaving a lot of people interested to see what the director would do next.

There’s been little news about Alvarez’s future plans since the release of Evil Dead, aside from some still-unconfirmed rumors floating around earlier this year that he was in talks to direct an upcoming Marvel movie. Perhaps Doctor Strange or another title could still be in this director’s sights, but right now it’s looking like Alvarez’s next trip may take him to Hell – all nine circles of it, to be precise.

According to Deadline, Alvarez is in talks for Universal Pictures’ live-action adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, the action-adventure video game created by Visceral Games, published by Electronic Arts and based on the first part of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem “The Divine Comedy.” The current version of the script was written by Jay Basu (Fast Girls), and Dante’s Inferno is being produced by Eric Newman and Marc Abraham (Robocop) in collaboration with EA Entertainment vice president Patrick O’Brien.

It might seem a little odd to base the movie on a video game that didn’t sell all that well and received mixed reviews from critics, rather than on Alighieri’s original work, but the decision does make a certain amount of sense. Whereas Dante’s poem, like many of the classic religious epics, is huge and sprawling and difficult to boil down into a two-hour movie, the video game makes the story a little more palatable to mainstream audiences by reinventing Dante as a tortured Templar knight tasked with a basic quest to kill monsters and get the (undead spirit of the) girl.

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If nothing else, Dante’s Inferno may end up being a decent substitute for the God of War movie that was being penned by Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, but which hasn’t had a status update for almost a year. It does feel like video game movies are prone to getting stuck in the cogs more than other genres, perhaps because of the generally poor reputation associated with them, but there is currently a movement towards a video game movie revolution.

Former Marvel CEO and producer of movies like The Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Man, Avi Arad, has been open about his intention to make video game movies the next big success story, and recently talked about his intentions to produce movies based on Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted. Video game developer and publisher Ubisoft has also launched a new studio called Ubisoft Motion Pictures and is producing an Assassin’s Creed adaptation with Michael Fassbender, as well as movies based on Far Cry, Watch Dogs and Raving Rabbids.

If a movie does succeed at proving the viability of video game properties in Hollywood within the next few years, it could make the road into production a little smoother for Dante’s Inferno. Alvarez did a competent job of bringing Evil Dead into the 21st century and his involvement alone makes this project worth watching. However, if things don’t work out for Dante’s Inferno, at least we’ll be able to get plenty of mileage out of “development hell” jokes.


Dante’s Inferno doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on any further developments.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Dante’s Inferno, hmmm? Well, that might be a Helluva good flick if done right, so “D”–it, hink I will give it a watch!

  2. Nooooooo…not based on the game!

    Base it on the poem, it was excellent! Let’s forget the game until they make Purgatorio and it’s actually good!

    • I see your point but theres really no plot to the poem other than a walk through hell. Now theres an interesting comedic puppet cut out version that came out in 2007 if youd like to see that.

      And on the topic of christian fiction, Id still like an paradise lost movie as well.

  3. I loved the game, still do (went and bought the Death Edition on release date and didn’t regret it one bit) and always thought that a good adaption of that game and not the crappy animated movie would be awesome.

    Honestly, I highly recommend this game to anyone who hasn’t played it. Really does make you feel as close to being in Hell as possible, the visuals and sound effects are stunning.

    Combine that with the fact that I loved the Evil Dead reinvention and this has me really excited.

    • Ian McShane as Dante’s dad by the way. Just put him in a fat suit unless he puts on weight naturally.

      Maybe have Jeremy Irons as the voice of Lucifer because he has that charming yet evil tone to his voice sometimes.

  4. Though if they do make this movie, I’m advocating Mark Pellegrino for Lucifer

  5. I’ll like it if the movie follows the game plot 100%. I hope it’s not like the Resident Evil movies.I hated those.

  6. Game was awesome. I think this guy is a perfect choice of director.

  7. Loved the game and will definitely see this movie !

  8. And we’ll have a generation of people who will immediately think of a sword-and-sorcery action piece when Dante’s Inferno is mentioned. Wonderful.

    • Except that with the videogame, the developers included a digital version of the actual Inferno part of the poem so I can see the same with a DVD/Blu Ray release of the movie.

    • As opposed to a generation of people who go “huh?” When Dante’s Infeno is mentioned. It’s rather obscure in today’s generations of belibers and directioners. If your a fan of the original writings be glad it’d getting publicity. Besides there is already a movie based on the game based on the poem. An animated version was released. It’s pretty good.

  9. I love this game it’s the God of War for the Xbox 360. I also enjoyed the animated movie but the look, or art direction, of the game was brilliant and if the proposed movie uses these elements it will at least look good.

    Cant wait.

  10. Fede Alvarez is gonna screw this up like he did with evil dead. He thought what stood out in the original evil dead film was the few bloody moments so the evil dead remake was filled with blood and blood, sacrificing character, logic, wit all for the sake of gore. I have no idea why critics liked this? I thought it was a travesty in the otherwise fantastic evil dead series.

    • As a longtime Evil Dead fan, I thought the remake was brilliant fun and the best horror I’ve seen all year (and yes, I went to see The Conjuring and Insidious 2, didn’t like them).

      Did you really forget that the guys who made the originals and the fans of them think of them as “blood, blood and gore” too?

      I just think you’re being critical under the pretense of being a fan of the originals to appear “in the know” because the majority of Evil Dead fans seem to love the remake.

      • In the original, they never let the blood and gore get in the way of the story, unlike the abortion they call a remake, reboot, whatever. And don’t even hint im stupid for not liking the remake.

  11. The Fede can do horror but he’s gonna have to get the action down also.

  12. this is exciting, because it gives me hope that someday a movie is made based on the Resident Evil game!! yes that’s a heavy dose of sarcasm because I think paul “hack” Anderson has brutally butchered the series and it has little to nothing to do with the games except for a few poorly placed cameos of characters. Someone please rescue on the best games ever made and make a true movie in Raccoon City, with the mansion as the focal point that then branch out as the following games did. That would be my one big Game to Movie wish.

  13. I loved the look and feel of the game. I hope they do the movie in two installments so that they can really focus on each level of hell. I hope this movie actually gets made.

  14. dead babies coming out of cleopatra’s nipples NC-17 :(

  15. The movie has to be a hard R rated to show the 9 rings of hell , haunting visuals and caractures of the game and if it does it will be a instant cult classic ala HELLRAISER , EVIL DEAD (original) and HELLBOY !