At Last, A Family Movie About Children Going To Hell

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Heck, where Lizzie Borden teaches home economics and Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher. The classic kids' book of the same is getting a movie.

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Heck: Where The Bad Kids Go, written by Dale E. Basye, is very much about a Hell for children. Many people call it the kiddie's Dante Inferno. Here's a brief synopsis:

"Heck," described as a kids' version of Dante's "Inferno," centers on a good boy named Milton Fauster who, with his shoplifting sister, dies in a freak accident and ends up in an unearthly reform school called Heck, where Lizzie Borden teaches home economics and Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher. Milton meets Virgil, a boy who has a map of the Nine Circles of Heck, and the two plot to escape the netherworld and its leader, the principal of darkness Bea "Elsa" Bubb.

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The studio, Spyglass Entertainment, wants this to be a big "effects-drive family adventure in the vein of Beetlejuice." The movie will film only the first book of this series. Juan Jose Campanella, who won the foreign-language film Oscar this year will be directing this film, and it will be his first big English-language film. If you've seen his Oscar-winning film, The Secret in Their Eyes, you know that the man has a dark side, and an interesting obsession with the color red. We're ready to see what he can do. And we can't wait for the ridiculous outpour of anger from furious families mad about this film glorifying death, or something or another.

[via THR]

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Blech! Cutesy-ing up Dante's Inferno?! Wow. I mean, I know the tween book craze is in full swing, but this seems a bit too much.

Why not give teenagers the books we all read as teens?

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Dune, A Canticle for Leibowitz, the John Carter series, hell Dante's Inferno?!

What's so wrong with that? It might make the next generation of writers a bit more inspired than our current crop who like to write about angsty teen vampires and their codependency issues.