Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is going straight to hell. Deadline reports that Alvarez is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game Dante’s Inferno for Universal Pictures. Based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, the game finds Dante reimagined as a Templar knight and follows him as he journeys through the nine circles of Hell in order to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from Lucifer. The game debuted in 2010 to mediocre reviews, but clearly Universal sees potential. Bruce McKenna (The Pacific) wrote the initial draft of the script, with Jay Basu penning the most recent draft.
Alvarez was hand-picked by producer Sam Raimi to helm the Evil Dead remake based on the strength of his 2009 short Panic Attack!, and his redo of the horror classic was met with a fairly positive response. In addition to Dante’s Inferno, Alvarez is also attached to write and direct the sci-fi pic Machina. No word on which one will be his next project. Watch a trailer for the game after the jump.