Bidding war for game rights end
According to Variety, Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for an unreleased Electronic Arts video game said to be called Dante’s Inferno. Paramount, New Regency, Universal and MGM were tussling for the rights as of Halloween (read previous news item).
Warner Bros. was in the mix, but it had dropped out last Thursday.
Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham will produce with EA. EA Entertainment veep Patrick J. O’Brien and game creator Jonathan Knight will be closely involved in the development of the film.
Both the Dante’s Inferno game and movie involve a journey through the depths of hell.
The gamemaker intends to become more closely involved with movie and TV transfers of its games. Making a movie deal well before the game’s release will give EA a shot at seeing a movie released closer to the beginning of the game’s life cycle.