EA And Starz Media Go To Hell Together With Animated Movie Based On Dante’s Inferno

March 30, 2009


Feature to Complement EA’s Highly
Anticipated Game, Taking Players into All Nine Circles of the Epic Poem’s
Depiction of Hell

Electronic Arts Inc. and Starz
Media’s Film Roman announced today the start of production on an animated movie
based on the immortal epic Dante’s Inferno™. The feature-length project will
expand on the story in EA’s new, must-have game coming out for the Xbox 360®
video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment
system in 2010.

Just as the poem and game take
players on a stunning journey through the nine circles of Hell, the “Dante’s
Inferno” animated feature will also follow Dante as he travels through limbo,
lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery in search of
his true love, Beatrice. Both are based on part one of Dante Alighieri’s classic
poem, “The Divine Comedy,” better known as “Dante’s Inferno.”

To give added distinction among each
of the nine circles, EA and Film Roman (co-producers on the “Dante’s Inferno”
project) are taking the innovative step of commissioning unique visions from
multiple studios with experience creating some of the top anime in the industry
to tell this classic story. Film Roman’s Joe Goyette (“Dead Space™: Downfall”)
is the producer on the project, Victor Cook (“The Spectacular Spider-Man,”
“Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron”) is directing and Brandon Auman (“Iron Man:
Armored Adventures”) is writing.

“This is like nothing else out in
the marketplace right now – a visually stunning project based on one of the most
powerful stories ever told,” notes Jay Fukuto, Head of Studio for Film Roman.
“It could only happen with a partner with the vision and creativity of EA. They
were great collaborators on ‘Dead Space: Downfall,’ and we expect another very
rewarding experience with this new feature.”

“The animated feature will be a
great companion piece to the game,” said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer and
Creative Director for Dante’s Inferno. “The feature will explore aspects of the
poem that the game does not, and will provide more insight into the characters
and the unique story adaptation that the game has established. It’s a very cool
project, and we are having a blast collaborating with the talented team that
Starz has assembled.”

“Dante’s Inferno” marks the second
such collaboration between the leading video game company and the premier
traditional animation studio. In 2008, Film Roman produced “Dead Space:
Downfall,” an animated feature prequel to EA’s award-winning video game Dead
Space, both of which were both worldwide successes.

Starz Media will introduce the
“Dante’s Inferno” animated feature to the international television community as
it continues global sales of “Dead Space: Downfall” at the MIP-TV market, March
30-April 3 in Cannes, France. Anchor Bay Entertainment will hold exclusive
worldwide home entertainment distribution rights to “Dante’s Inferno,” while
Starz Media’s Worldwide Distribution group will handle international television
and domestic syndication sales and Starz Digital Media will be responsible for
all digital distribution globally.