Warner Bros. is going straight to hell, with an adaptation of Dante's "Inferno."
Deadline reports the studio bought the pitch from screenwriter Dwain Worrell, who last year sold a spec script for the thriller "The Wall" to Amazon Studios. "Dante's Inferno" will be co-produced by Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang and Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road.
The first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem "Divine Comedy," "Inferno" is an allegory that follows the Italian poet as he's guided by the Roman poet Virgil through the nine circles of hell, each reserved for different categories of sinners (the first circle for the unbaptized and "virtuous pagans," the second for those overcome by lust, and so on, to the very worst, the traitors of the ninth circle).
The Warner Bros. version apparently will play up the romantic elements of "Inferno," with Dante descending into hell for the woman he loves.