Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Sony Cancels Release Of The Interview
Seth Rogen film on hold after hack attack and warnings
Chris Pratt Features In A New Jurassic World Image
Happy Holidays from him and his raptor
Jim Carrey May Go Into Deep Cover
He's considering a new comedy pitch
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 March 2014
Ciaran Hinds Set For Agent 47
As a mysterious scientist
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Predators (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Paramount Gets A Hellified Writer
Michael Finch on for satanic action film

18 December 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Paramount Logo

Three years ago, Paramount bought a spec script called Hellified from writer Andy Burg, who wrote family film Alaska way back in the day. Now the studio is getting the film moving once again, with the news that Predators co-writer Michael Finch has been hired to rewrite the movie, which sees a strike force made up of criminals sent into hell to prevent the End Of Days.

Now that's quite a cool notion, if you ask us. Heavily armed thugs vs. demons! Hellspawn vs. Hell's Angels! (Or whatever gangs one finds in jail these days) And an apocalypse to avert along the way. There are echoes of Jeff Long's book The Descent in that concept, which is no bad thing, but that involved a less mythological hell (at least until the sequel, Deeper).

The original Hellified script was heavy on the CG and involved the traditional hordes of demons and lakes of fire and Dante-tastic detail, but the plan for the re-write is to make it less expensive and transform Hell into the sort of barren, burned-out urban environment that's easily achieveable on a Hollywood backlot or in parts of Dagenham. Presumably there should still be some demons, however, so we can hope for something at least as creepy as the Hell scenes in Constantine, and wish that someone would tackle the inferno in full Hieronymus Bosch style.

Dan Bradley was originally attached to this, but he's now off the project (he's been in Red Dawn limbo but not in hell - there's a gag for all you theologists out there) and there is no replacement just yet. Still, with a new writer on board and producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian still in place, we suspect that Hellified could move soon.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Samuel L. Jackson Cast In Kite
An unknown role in the anime adaptation
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

So Than The North Yorkshire Village of Hellifield too which i have lived all my life is going to be a film about convicts descending into HELL - BLIMEY More

Posted by drstockd at 00:01 on 19 December 2012 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Review Of 2014: The Best TV Moments Of The Year
We celebrate the small screen's biggest scenes

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)