Posted on November 3, 2008, Jonathan Unnanounced EA Game, "Dante's Inferno," Already Optioned for Movie Tie-In
Even though it hasn’t been announced yet, and no one outside of EA knows anything about it aside from the title, the game “Dante’s Inferno” has already been optioned for a movie tie-in (via Variety). Several studios entered into a bidding war over the film rights to the game last week, but now Universal Studios has come out as the victor. Part of the reason Universal won the bid — beating out Paramount, New Regency, Warner Bros., and MGM — may be attributed to another recent deal with EA to give Army of the Two the movie treatment. EA has made past deals to make movies based on some of their popular games (like The Sims and Mass Effect), but this is the first time a company has begun selling the rights to a game before its existence was even announced. At this time, all that’s known about the game is that it will involve a journey through Hell, and that the title is taken from most well-known section of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy.
Wait, let me see if I’ve got this right: they’re taking one of the most influential works of Western literature ever and turning it into a video game, followed by a movie? You hear that loud slapping noise? That’s the sound of every English teacher you ever had simultaneously doing a facepalm.