Children’s version of Dante’s “Inferno” coming to a theater near you

by: James Wallace
April 30th, 2010

No, unfortunately, this will not be a straight adaptation of Alighieri's poem for kids. Rather it will be an adaptation of the children's fantasy novel Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, described as "a kids' version of Dante's Inferno." The film will be directed by Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella (THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, winner of this past year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film). HECK will mark Campanella's English-language film debut and is being planned as a "big, effects-driven family adventure in the vein of BEETLEJUICE."

The first in the series, Where the Bad Kids Go tells the morbid tale of nerd Milton Fauster and his Goth, shoplifting sister Marlo, who die in a freak accident involving dynamite, flaming marshmallows, and a giant fake grizzly bear. The siblings end up in Heck, a spectral reform school for boys and girls with questionable historical figures for professors, like accused murderer Lizzie Borden who teaches economics and former President Richard Nixon who teaches ethics.

There are currently two books published in the Heck series - including Where the Bad Kids Go and Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck, with the third - Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck - hitting book stores next month, though there are a total of Nine Circles of Heck within the story.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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