Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who’s best known for his bloody reboot of Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead, has landed a new directing gig at Universal Pictures. Word is he’ll helm Dante’s Inferno, which actually has very little to do with the classic poem by Dante Alighieri.
Based on the Electronic Arts game of the same name, Dante’s Inferno takes you through nine cycles of fiery hell filled with monstrous beasts and damned souls. Though not exactly based on the classic poem (which was written some 700 years ago), it does borrow from it in that the main character is knight named after the poet; he travels into the nine rings of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice from the clutches of Satan.
Dan Harris (Superman Returns, X2: X-Men United) was the first hired to pen the script, but apparently Universal didn’t like his version too much because they brought in Bruce McKenna and later, Jay Basu, to write the most recent drafts. Universal purchased the rights to the video game back in 2008, before the thing was ever announced. Electronic Arts released Dante’s Inferno in 2010, and though it may sound like a pretty interesting game, the reception was just okay.
Alvarez has shown a great deal of talent as a filmmaker, not just with the financially successful Evil Dead reboot, but also with his $300 short Panic Attack, which featured giant robots attacking Montevideo, Uruguay.
Alvarez has talked about directing another Evil Dead sequel, and he’s also set to helm the sci-fi project Machina for MCR. With this project also underway, the young filmmaker seems to have a lot on his plate.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the video game?