Universal Enter’s ‘Dante’s Inferno’
Dante’s Inferno is one hot video game. It must be considering Universal Pictures won a bidding battle for the unreleased Electronic Arts game according to Variety. The game, due out sometime in 2009, was optioned against a multi-million dollar purchase price, beating out Paramount, New Regency and MGM late last week.
Eric Newman and Marc Abraham of Strike Entertainment will produce the film version in conjunction with EA Entertainment.
While this was the first time EA sold movie rights to a game prior to release, it’s certainly not their first trip to Tinseltown. They have deals in place for The Sims at 20th- Century Fox and producer John Davis plus Mass Effect which is in development with producer Avi Arad. Universal and EA have danced before with Scott Z. Burns writing the adaptation of the Army of Two game.
Dante’s Inferno was written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300’s and is the influential poem telling of Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell.