Yes, it’s true:

In November, Universal Pictures won a bidding war to develop a big screen movie adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, the yet-to-be-released video game from Electronic Arts. Variety reports that Dan Harris, screenwriter of Superman Returns and X2: X-Men United, has been hired to pen the adaptation.

The property is a modern interpretation of the famous poem written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300’s. The narrative poem describes Dante’s imaginary journey through the nine circles of hell where they see sinners being punished for their sins on Earth. If you want to see what the film might look like (think-Zack Snyder), check out the trailer that was released last month.

Hey, I’m excited by anything that suggests moviegoers will become better educated in great spiritual poetry. And if this goes into production anywhere near the time of Scott Derrickson’s dream project — Paradise Lost — we could have see a resurgence of interest in classic properties for new films.

But few people know that Dante’s Inferno has already been made… all the way back in 1911. Watch the trailer here. It can be yours from Amazon on DVD for only about 125 bucks. Here’s the trailer:

It was made again with paper cutouts in a film described at Twitch. Here’s the trailer:

And no, none of this has anything to do with this…

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