It appears that Devil May Cry will be the next video game property to splash the big screen. Sony subsidiary Screen Gems (who, by no coincidence brought us the Resident Evil series,) has purchased the rights to Capcom's demonic hack 'n slash game series and have already hired screenwriter Kyle Ward tackle the script. A relative newcomer, Ward has already done script work on upcoming film Fiasco Heights and on the delay-plagued video game adaptation Kane & Lynch, which is set to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. His job will now be to untangle the video game exploits of half-demon mercenary Dante, who, with sword swinging and guns blazing, will take on Hell's hapless horrors. In what was arguably the most inevitable video game property to hit the cinema, the question is, how will all that high-paced action and Hellfire translate on the big screen?
Following in the footsteps of the big-screen success of fellow Capcom property Resident Evil, the aim is to establish another reliably bankable film series along the same line. Since most video game films have taken residence in the cinematic hall of shame, the box-office success of the (so far) four Resident Evil films and their nearly $700 million worldwide gross is certainly no joke. Whether it was due to lowered expectations or just the proclivity of moviegoers for anything zombie-related, those films have carved out quite a place, in spite of never being cinematic masterpieces. If Devil May Cry could strike the right chord and at least duplicate that success, it would be worth the trouble.
We've seen plenty of movies and TV shows dealing with the demons, Hellfire, and all of that happy good-time stuff. However, like any other film, a video game film has to start its story in a relatable, realistic scenario in which the bond with the main character is formed before they jump into the thick of things. Thus, it will be interesting to see where the entry point will be for Devil May Cry, since the first game doesn't offer that much usable back-story before we get to Dante decapitating Hell's red shirts in a giant castle. Perhaps, a story covering prequel game, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, may provide a better place to start, focusing on the eventually fractured relationship with brother Vergil, who would go on to confront Dante in the events of the first game under the service of the Demon Emperor Mundus.
Are you looking forward to the big screen debut of demon-spawn, Dante?