Duo to bring vidgame to bigscreen

Dan Harris has been set by Universal Pictures to write “Dante’s Inferno,” a live-action film based on the Electronic Arts vidgame in which players journey through the depths of hell.

Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing with EA Entertainment. EA veep Patrick O’Brien and game creator Jonathan Knight are also involved in the development of the film.

Universal acquired the title in the fall in a four-studio bidding battle before the EA game even had a formal title.

Universal is also developing a live-action version of the EA game “Army of Two,” with Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) writing the script for producer Scott Stuber. EA is developing its properties “The Sims” with Fox and producer John Davis and “Mass Effect” with producer Avi Arad.

Harris co-wrote “X-Men 2″ and “Superman Returns.”

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