Fede Alvarez, the director of the recent remake of Evil Dead, has been chosen to helm the live action adaptation of the video game Dante’s Inferno. Deadline has reported that Alvaraz is in talks with Universal Pictures to direct the film based on the best-selling Electronic Arts video game, which is rooted in the famous literary work.
EA Entertainment vice president Patrick O’Brien (who is producing the upcoming Need for Speed film) will be producing the movie along with former Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham. Newman and Abraham are also producing the upcoming RoboCop film.
The plot follows Dante Aligheri, a knight who ventures into the nine rings of hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice with the help of the poet Virgil. He unwittingly becomes a pawn in an ancient war between heaven and hell. Rights to the video game were won by Universal several years ago in a bidding battle.
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.