Warner Bros. are producing a movie adaptation of Dante’s Inferno and Ryan Gosling might star in it.
It’s a news that would’ve excited Dante if he were alive. The writer would be dancing in his grave that his, arguably, most famous piece out of Divine Comedy, Inferno, is getting a movie deal and that too by Warner Bros.
Dante Alighieri wrote the three part epic Divine Comedy in the 14th century and it has been considered as a literally masterpiece ever since. Dwain Worrell has written a script titled “Inferno” which Warner Bros. have scored.
Dante’s Inferno has been adapted earlier too with “Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic” in 2010 and the 1935 adaptation which starred Spencer Tracy. A silent film was released in 1924. The poem has been turned into films ever since 1911, but with Warner Bros. at the helm this looks like the grandest adaptation.
Of course if this film is successful the studio might go on and complete the Divine Comedy by making films on Purgatorio and Paradiso too.
The poem is a long allegory in which Dante travels through the nine circles of hell as Roman Poet Vigil tries to guide him to salvation. Although according to Bustle.com, the film adaptation will focus less on the religious aspect and more on the love story.
Dante’s one true love Beatrice makes a pact with the devil while Dante is away fighting in the Crusades. Beatrice dies and is sent to hell where Dante heroically tries to get her back through Vigil’s help.
If this isn’t exciting enough, Ryan Gosling is rumored to star in the film. No director has signed on for the film yet, but now the project has officially started, we will continue to see updates.
The film could see a Christmas release in 2017, but it’s only speculation yet.
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