Dead Space Movie Is a Prequel

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Dead Space 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed survival horror videogame Dead Space, may not be out for another six months, but the buzz surrounding the franchise is as high as ever. As a result, it’s no surprise to hear increasing activity around a film adaptation of the game franchise.

Director DJ Caruso (Disturbia) recently discussed several interesting details regarding the status and direction of the Dead Space film – revealing it’s a prequel to the first game.

Speaking with MTV, from the set of his most recent project I Am Number Four, Caruso discussed the direction of the project:

“We’ve got a really good sort of storyline. It’s almost a prequel, sort of, to where the game picks up.”

However, that seems to be about all Caruso knows at this point. Despite the fact the filmmaker has an idea of where the movie would fit within the game universe, the actual story is still mostly undecided:

“We don’t have a writer for it yet, but… right before I left we were listening to different writers and taking different pitches. We have to decide on a couple once we get back what we’re going to do. We’ve tried to crack the story a few different ways, so I know when we get back we’re going to get into it and I feel like we’ll have a screenplay in a few months. It’ll hopefully be ready to go.”

Caruso started work on the Dead Space adaptation in 2009, alongside producer Wyck Godfrey, but the filmmakers temporarily parted ways to work on other projects. Now, with the buzz surrounding the new game, as well as the start of I Am Number Four filming, it sounds as if Caruso and company might be looking toward their next project – and a return to Dead Space:

“It’s one of those things where the storytelling of it and trying to get into the prequel [is a challenge]. You have have the whole sort of brainwash-y/Scientology thing and ultimately the Necromorphs. It’s interesting to try to get the major studios to understand that this [isn’t ‘Event Horizon’]. So you’ve got to sort of steer their brain out of that. So we’re fighting some of those elements. … I’m still looking forward to getting going.”

It’s good to see that Caruso is taking the property seriously, considering the number of terrible videogame adaptations in Hollywood. A Dead Space film, done the right way, with a mix of tense suspense-horror and big budget action could be an incredible ride.

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However, I’m not sure if a prequel is as enticing to me as a story centered on the events between Dead Space and Dead Space 2. Not to mention the fact that a Dead Space prequel already exists, in the form of the 2008 animated film Dead Space: Downfall – which is, ironically, still promoted at

“On a deep space mining mission to a remote planet, an ancient religious relic – thought to be proof of the existence of God – is unearthed and brought aboard. When the unholy artifact unleashes a long-dormant alien race, its glimpse of Heaven transforms the ship into a living Hell.”

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In addition, a prequel videogame Dead Space Extraction, an on-the rails shooter for the Wii, followed the same prequel story featured in Downfall.

Dead Space, for those unfamiliar, picks up when Isaac Clarke investigates a distress call from the aforementioned “ship” (the USG Ishimura). Dead Space 2 takes place, three years after the conclusion of the first game, on a giant Necromorph-infested space-station called the “Sprawl”. How the “Sprawl” was overtaken by the alien life-form is central to the story in Dead Space 2 – but could also offer a much broader canvas for Caruso to prepare an incredible Dead Space franchise film.

Time will tell if the live-action Dead Space prequel is the right way to go. There’s reason to be optimistic but only if Caruso can find a compelling way to tell a chapter that fans of the franchise have already been told – twice already.

Source: MTV

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  1. Not sure why they don’t just take the story of the first game and make it into a movie. The story was pretty damn good and they could expand on it. No need to “pitch” new ideas.

    Why do they do that? Source material becomes popular and they want to make a movie on it. Then they make a movie that has little or nothing to do with the story of the source material. Resident Evil did that.

    Btw, the story is very much like Event Horizon (a very good and underrated sci fi/horror flick)

    • Well if they did that alot of people who played it will think its just a rerun and not very creative. there should be a prequil to the third game (Hasnt come out yet) and kindof forshadow events that will hapin in deadspace 3 when it is released. So its an awsome movie but still just a taste of a great game coming up. Deadspace isnt about the movies. Its about the game. Any die hard deadspace fan like myself will agree.

  2. Oh my god that was close. Ok good. I was worried he’d make my dream project before me. I’ve been actually wanting to make a film on Dead Space since 09. And I’ve actually got a couple of ideas that sounds pretty intresting interpretation.

    Anyways, the 3 prequel stories I’ve seen are pretty good, so hopefully Caruso will get the concept right.

  3. Why not take “Downfall” and make a movie out of it? I thought it was pretty scary and entertaining for an animated film.

  4. Dead Space was a lot of fun to play. I couldn’t give a ____ about the film,,,

  5. I loved Dead Space. I haven’t managed to pick up Dead Space Extraction or this prequel, but idk about a Dead Space film. I think I would prefer something else other than a prequel to Dead Space 1.

  6. Scariest game I’ve ever played. I hated my surround sound system when I was playing this game, I mean……. the best reviewed part of the game was it’s sound effects and playing it at midnight was my mistake.

  7. Is there anyway to kind of overlap a prequill type and dive into the games story? Or is that just too much story for a motion pictuure? Cause I think the game has a lotta back story that Hollywood loves to cram in a 60 second flashback. Not sure it would work out. Sides I guess if they do the prequel thing then they have something to fall back on with sequels.

  8. This game was amazing, and I hope they keep the dark feel that it had. Although, I could see them turning it into an action packed, but cheesy movie like Doom.

    • Not unless I make it.

      • Was doom the game even really scary? I mean cmon!

  9. Actually its a prequel to Dead Space 2. Set in between the two games. However it will probably not have Isaac as the main charecter and he might only appear in a cameo role.

  10. love the dead space franchise. I played the game twice and curently replaying it on nightmare diffaculty and counting the days until the realeas of the sequal, a movie sounds awesome but a prequal dosent sound appealing to me i already own Dead Space: Downfall. I believe the story really needs Issack Clark. I do like the idea of taking the game story and adding on to it like more charactors, someone to fight alongside Issack.

    P.S. Sam worthington has a good Issack clark face.

  11. in my opinion, they will have to do it like Resident Evil Film series. a completely different main story line with respect to the theme.