Dante's Inferno Gets Animated

Dante's Inferno Gets Animated

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The animated movie based on the game based on the poem. Literary snobs, you're probably not going to want to hear about this.

Electronic Arts is teaming up with Starz Media to produce an animated film for its upcoming Dante's Inferno game. Yes, that's a movie based on a game based on a poem. The flick, which will be feature-length, will expand on the story of the game, which loosely borrows the structure of the poem as it follows Dante's travels through the nine circles of hell in search of his beloved Beatrice.

The movie will take an Animatrix-like approach by commissioning multiple studios to provide different takes on the story, presumably with each studio animating a different level of Hell. That could certainly be interesting, and EA is boasting that they're only hiring talent "with experience creating some of the top anime in the industry to tell this classic story."

"The animated feature will be a great companion piece to the game," said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer of the game. "The feature will explore aspects of the poem that the game does not, and will provide more insight into the characters and the unique story adaptation that the game has established."

Dante's Inferno, as was revealed last month, will take a loose interpretation of the poem, with Dante re-imagined as some kind of medieval action hero who battles demons in Hell using quick-time events and air combos. It has been described as "God of War meets Dead Space."

The film is being produced by Joe Goyette, who previously worked on the Dead Space anime, Dead Space: Downfall, so if you liked that one, you might want to check this out.

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I know I'm going to incur the wrath of Inferno fans by saying that this sounds really cool.

Having different studios give their own interpretation of each level of Hell is a pretty exciting concept, I think.

The game itself? I don't know.

Interesting..... I may check this out, as long as it is better than Resident Evil: Degeneration.

Nice review I have to say! Interesting to hear there's a game coming out, but the following left me a bit doubtful:

Keane Ng:
Dante re-imagined as some kind of medieval action hero who battles demons in Hell using quick-time events and air combos. It has been described as "God of War meets Dead Space."

Quick time events aren't really my thing to be honest, hopefully they can pull this off properly. It might also be nice if they left at least a bit of the exoticism and mystique from the original book. Though I'm afraid that is a bit too much to ask. And Dead Space? I guess some people liked it, but I wasn't at all enthusiastic about it to say the least.

Any word about a release date?

I just don't get why they even put "Dante's" on there when it has basically nothing to do with the poem.

Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Yay! I'm a literary snob!

Also *sigh*

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Seriously. I haven't even read the Divine Comedy and I can tell what a bastardization this is.

orannis62:

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Seriously. I haven't even read the Divine Comedy and I can tell what a bastardization this is.

Same here

In this case, "Loose Interpretation"="Same Name and Takes place in Hell". By that standard, you could have named Doom "Dante's Inferno" and it would have been just as faithful.

Not excited for the game, but the movie could be cool, if it sticks to the poem and not the game. If I can recall correctly, Dante was a complete pansy, not a scythe-wielding badass, no?

I am one of the aforementioned literary snobs, and I think this sounds incredibly stupid.
I already have God of War to mangle creative mythology, and at least God of War is good.

(Actually, I thought the god designs in GoW were pretty good. Especially Athena.)

SharedProphet:
I just don't get why they even put "Dante's" on there when it has basically nothing to do with the poem.

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Yes and yes.
Dante's Inferno is such an amazing piece of poetry, and, for me, the best of the Divine Comedy. This game isn't even remotely related! I don't understand how they can get away with shit like this.

Oh wait! Yes I do!

Because the average moron who buys this game will think that 'Divine Comedy' is the name of God's comedy club, or some c-rated porn actress. AUGH! This is just as bad as the Beowulf fiasco! What a waste of fantastic poetry!

I wonder what piece of literature they will butcher next?

Leisure Suit Larry in: Romeo and Juliet?
Dangerous Creatures 2: Watership Down?
To Kill a Mocking Bird, where you actually just shoot birds?
Call of Duty: The Red Badge of Courage?
Captain Deformo VS the Aliens: Johnny Tremain in the future?

When will people get their own freaking ideas?

orannis62:

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Seriously. I haven't even read the Divine Comedy and I can tell what a bastardization this is.

I've read it, and the book is a description of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. I see neither Heaven nor Purgatory in any news about this game.

Plus Dante wasn't a bad ass looking priest who broke into Hell to kill Satan and his minions.

Aqualung:
Not excited for the game, but the movie could be cool, if it sticks to the poem and not the game. If I can recall correctly, Dante was a complete pansy, not a scythe-wielding badass, no?

True, and the norse god Baldur was the god of joy, yet look what too human did to him. Why must almost all videogame characters be "badasses"?

SmilingKitsune:

Aqualung:
Not excited for the game, but the movie could be cool, if it sticks to the poem and not the game. If I can recall correctly, Dante was a complete pansy, not a scythe-wielding badass, no?

True, and the norse god Baldur was the god of joy, yet look what too human did to him. Why must almost all videogame characters be "badasses"?

..Because they're the kind of people us lame gamer nerds can connect with? :p I don't know, but it gets annoying after a while.

I want a video game where the goal is to run away from everything using your high-powered rocket skates.

I...think I'll stick with Devil May Cry, myself.

Aqualung:

SmilingKitsune:

Aqualung:
Not excited for the game, but the movie could be cool, if it sticks to the poem and not the game. If I can recall correctly, Dante was a complete pansy, not a scythe-wielding badass, no?

True, and the norse god Baldur was the god of joy, yet look what too human did to him. Why must almost all videogame characters be "badasses"?

..Because they're the kind of people us lame gamer nerds can connect with? :p I don't know, but it gets annoying after a while.

I want a video game where the goal is to run away from everything using your high-powered rocket skates.

And you could call it "The escapist" :). I loved playing Oblivion as a mage and just casting invisibility to bypass anything that wanted to eat/skewer me.

This actually looks pretty cool. The game looks good and so does the movie. Or at least they SOUND good.

Hmmm - the game sounds pretty shitty, yes, but the movie sounds pretty cool. I loved the Animatrix ^__^

Gah, the most annoying thing about this is that that if they're going to start picking up literary classics that only literary snobs get worked up about there are plenty of uber-violent stories to pick from. The Iliad, Beowulf, or you could try to make some sense out of William Blake and use his crazy mythology.

Sometimes I think they decided to rape Dante's Divine Comedy just for the sake of the added PR of how ridiculous it is.

I may be one of few who have read Dante's Divine Comedy and are kind of looking forward to this game =P

Baby Tea:

SharedProphet:
I just don't get why they even put "Dante's" on there when it has basically nothing to do with the poem.

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Yes and yes.
Dante's Inferno is such an amazing piece of poetry, and, for me, the best of the Divine Comedy. This game isn't even remotely related! I don't understand how they can get away with shit like this.

Oh wait! Yes I do!

Because the average moron who buys this game will think that 'Divine Comedy' is the name of God's comedy club, or some c-rated porn actress. AUGH! This is just as bad as the Beowulf fiasco! What a waste of fantastic poetry!

I wonder what piece of literature they will butcher next?

Leisure Suit Larry in: Romeo and Juliet?
Dangerous Creatures 2: Watership Down?
To Kill a Mocking Bird, where you actually just shoot birds?
Call of Duty: The Red Badge of Courage?
Captain Deformo VS the Aliens: Johnny Tremain in the future?

When will people get their own freaking ideas?

For the most part, I agree with you. But consider that Red Badge of Courage could potentially be made into a shooter without compromising the book, which is all about guns, shooting and war and stuff. What they're doing with Inferno, however, is awful, because they are just making another beat-em-up with a generic Hell setting.

I'd like for a Dante game to made, but only if they actually tried to push themselves and have gameplay that complemented the book. Having Dante Alighieri be a medieval Sylvester Stallone is the wrong thing to do. Omitting Virgil is the wrong thing to do. Having the gameplay centered around fighting is the wrong thing to do. And so on.

Making it an adventure game with elements of survival-horror (a la the earlier Resident Evils), and with accurate character portrayals and environments would be a massive improvement.

The people, however, are just convinced they're doing a fitting tribute to a great literary work, when they're really just sullying its good name with misdirection. I'm stopping this before it turns into another rant.

Why turn Dante into some medieval space marine when the correct action protagonist IS A FRIGGING ANGEL? It's Hell! Give Danta an angelic bodyguard, I think he actually did have some in a few of the layers. BAM problem solved. Dante slaughtering demons makes no sense. Michael, protecting Dante's wussy italian ass, does.

On that note, I want a damn action game where you play as an angel. And you have to get to fly. And for anyone whose forgotten that angels aren't all little fat babies or lingerie models...

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/stmichael.html

TsunamiWombat:
Why turn Dante into some medieval space marine when the correct action protagonist IS A FRIGGING ANGEL? It's Hell! Give Danta an angelic bodyguard, I think he actually did have some in a few of the layers. BAM problem solved. Dante slaughtering demons makes no sense. Michael, protecting Dante's wussy italian ass, does.

Ewww, then it'd be one big escort mission... still a pretty good idea, though.

ThaBenMan:

TsunamiWombat:
Why turn Dante into some medieval space marine when the correct action protagonist IS A FRIGGING ANGEL? It's Hell! Give Danta an angelic bodyguard, I think he actually did have some in a few of the layers. BAM problem solved. Dante slaughtering demons makes no sense. Michael, protecting Dante's wussy italian ass, does.

Ewww, then it'd be one big escort mission... still a pretty good idea, though.

Michael proceeds Dante and Virgil on their journey into hell, beating the Shit out of everything that gets in his way. Each chapter is bookended by an abridged version of that part of the story. Thus, Virgil and Dante's journy is made possible by Michael clearing the road by beating the shit out of everyone in his way. /game design

Whoooooooooot!
Glad to see that Dante's Inferno is appreciated even now. So all they need to do is make a good game out of it.

keyper159:

orannis62:

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

Seriously. I haven't even read the Divine Comedy and I can tell what a bastardization this is.

I've read it, and the book is a description of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. I see neither Heaven nor Purgatory in any news about this game.

Plus Dante wasn't a bad ass looking priest who broke into Hell to kill Satan and his minions.

Well, technically, it's Dante's Inferno, emphasis on the word "Inferno". The Divine Comedy consists of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The game is just centered on the first book.

Doesn't make it any less of a travesty, though.

RebelRising:
Well, I guess I'm a literary snob, because this game just keeps on getting worse the more I hear about it.

I am right there with you. There was a way to do the game well, and no, it doesn't sound like they did. They changed it from Inferno to God of War: Onward Christian Soldier.

I think it would have worked better if instead of making uber-buff 'Dante' go after McGuffin Beatrice, they'd instead kept Dante the passing-out wuss he was, and had demons kidnap him while he and Virgil were in Limbo--and then Virgil had to fight his way through Hell to rescue him, and Virgil is given the charge to free him, with the knowledge that if he is successful, he will be freed from Limbo and ascend to Heaven.

Half the problem--OK, all of it--is the sheer ridiculousness of what the game's done to Dante and Beatrice. There was a way to do this within the framework of the poem, and they went for "Super buff soldier rescues kidnapped love interest."

I love it how the literary snobs are getting their knickers in a twist over this game.

 

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