At some point in the past decade people decided that Dante’s Inferno, the first part to Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem “Divine Comedy,” would make for a really kickass movie franchise. I mean cut out all the religious allegory, painstakingly crafted poetry and the rest of the poem and you’ve got yourself an exciting adventure of man battling his way through hell to save the woman he loves. At least that’s what EA thought, until the game didn’t sell so well and the movie based on it disappeared into nothingness.
WB evidently didn’t learn from that and has scooped up the rights to Dwain Worrell’s adaptation, as they are excited by “its scale and franchise potential.” 9 circles of hell, 9 movies?
It’s early going so no clue as to how WB will be approaching this adaptation, but if we’re talking franchise I doubt it’s going to be much of a think piece. The market for religious allegory-based franchise isn’t quite as big as the one for action superheroes who fight their way through hell in order to save their loves.