‘Dante’s Inferno’ Drama Series in Development at Freeform

Project follows Grace Dante in modern-day Los Angeles

Dante's Vision
An engraving by Gustave Dore, illustrating Canto VII of Dante's Inferno, written circa 1310. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Freeform is developing a “Dante’s Inferno” drama series, a reimagining of the 14th century epic poem set in present-day Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap.

The series is described as following Grace Dante, “who thought her life sucked. Between parenting her drug addict mother and her troubled brother, our 20-something hero has had to give up all her dreams. Then one day everything changes and her dreams start magically coming true, school, career, love… but the godfather of all this good fortune is the Devil himself. And to outwit him, she’ll have to journey through Dante’s Inferno.”

Dante Alighieri’s narrative poem “The Divine Comedy,” widely considered one of the greatest works of Western literature, is told in three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, or Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The poem tells the soul’s journey towards God in the afterlife, told from a medieval world view.

The project comes from Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (“Knightfall,” “Bard of Blood”), Nina Fiore and John Herrera (“The Handmaids Tale,” “The Purge,” “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase”), and Danielle Claman Gelber (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med”) who serve as executive producers along with Studio 71’s Michael Schreiber and Dave Devries.

Other credits from Studio 71 include “The Real Bros of Simi Valley” on Facebook Watch, “Mr. Mom” on Vudu and “Plus One” on the film side. Studio71 is also producing “House of the Rising Sun,” ABC’s forthcoming musical drama series.