March 29, 2009
Newsbites: The biblical and infernal edition!
2. Matthew Vaughn is looking at producing an adaptation of the comic-book series American Jesus, written by Mark Millar; the story "centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity." Vaughn is currently finishing an adaptation of another Millar series called Kick-Ass. -- Hollywood Reporter
3. Universal has hired Dan Harris to write Dante's Inferno, a live-action film that will not be based on the poem by Dante but, rather, on the Electronic Arts videogame "in which players journey through the depths of hell." Harris co-wrote X2: X-Men United (2003) and Superman Returns (2006) and is currently attached to direct I, Lucifer. -- Variety
4. The first image from Lars von Trier's Antichrist has been released, and its depiction of limbs writhing and emerging from the dark, twisted roots of a massive tree has led to speculation that it may have been inspired by a silent-movie version of Dante's Inferno (1924). -- Jeffrey Wells