Video Game Devil May Cry Hopes for Resident Evil Success
03.03.11 by Ryan
Screen Gems, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures, scored its first franchise with the release of 2002's Resident Evil, which has since spawned three successful sequels. Resident Evil was based on the video game franchise created by developer Capcom, and Screen Gems is now looking to bring another Capcom franchise to the big screen.
Variety reports that Screen Gems have purchased the movie rights to Capcom's Devil May Cry series in hopes of repeating Resident Evil game-to-screen gold. Screenwriter
Kyle Ward has been hired to adapt the screenplay. Ward is no stranger to video game adaptations, having penned the scripts for the upcoming Kane & Lynch and, reportedly, a sequel to 2007's Hitman, both of which were originally video games.
The first Devil May Cry game was originally conceived as the third installment in the Resident Evil video game series, but its radically different game design convinced Capcom to release it as its own title. The most recent sequel, Devil May Cry 4, was released in 2008, and continued the adventures of series protagonist Dante, who must avenge his mother's death by violently eviscerating demons. The Devil May Cry series has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide so far.
This isn't the first time Devil May Cry has found itself the subject of other media. The video game has already been adapted into novels, manga comics, and an anime series, as well as collectible figurines.