Dead Space Movie Only Happening if ‘Worthwhile’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 30th, 2011 at 9:12 am,

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This week saw the release of Dead Space 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2008′s sci-fi/horror game developed by Visceral Games (read Game Rant’s first impressions of the game here – full review coming soon!). Not long after the original debuted to positive reviews, the obligatory talk of a Deadspace movie came out with director DJ Caruso at the helm.

Fast forward one year to the summer of 2010 and Caruso reveals that the story of the Dead Space film is a prequel of sorts that would lead in to the first game. Now, six months later, the talk is back, but in the other direction. Gamers and moviegoers alike may be happy to hear that they are not rushing ahead with a movie that would become another typically disappointing movie tie-in adaptation.

In an interview with NewsbeatDead Space co-creator Ian Milham was asked about what their current thoughts on a live-action movie are, now that the second game has hit shelves along with the second animated film (Dead Space: Aftermath).

Milham’s thoughts on a live action Dead Space movie:

“We would love to have a live action film and we’ve had a lot of discussion.

“But one of the reasons Dead Space still exists and is popular is because we’ve made sure to do everything right.”

“So we’re doing the same with the film, not just a cheap cash-in but to do something really worthwhile, so we’ll see.”

His response mirrors that of other developers protective of their ideas and franchise, Valve and Konami. Valve (Half-Life, Portal) would prefer to make their own movie the right way, respective of their own games, rather than let Hollywood ruin them for the fans, and in the case of the Metal Gear Solid adaptation, it has suffered from infinite delays and it seems Konami also doesn’t want to tarnish the brand with a disappointing or troubled film.

But where does that leave director DJ Caruso and his prequel story?

To date, pretty much all video game movies have been massive letdowns and have only served to bring negative buzz attached to those respective franchises. On the other side of the equation, all video games based on movies tend to suck as well. In both cases, a studio or developer is rushing into using the brand name as an easy cash grab and the consistency of failure finally has some studios, or in this case, developers, worried of the long term impact on their reputation.

It sure makes you wonder what’s going on in the heads of those who work at Naughty Dog studios upon hearing all of the negative response to the ideas and Mark Wahlberg potential casting in the Uncharted movie.

Dead Space takes place in the year 2508 when a space mining operation-turned-rescue operation goes horribly wrong, a lot of people die and an engineer named Isaac Clarke has to fight monsters with his Plasma Cutter. It offers a unique and powerful horror gaming experience which could lend itself so nicely to a film adaptation if done right. Unfortunately for us, that’s always the biggest “if.”

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Source: Newsbeat (via Game Rant)

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  1. Anyone know the status on the Mass Effect movie? Whats happening with that?

    • Mass Effect
      Status: Early Development

      Commander Shepard gets a boost from the producers behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man. That’s good news, people.

      Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to BioWare’s Mass Effect, and will produce the film along with former Marvel Studios honcho Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad. BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will serve as executive producers, as will Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson. Warner Bros. will distribute the film.

      Furthermore, the producers are in negotiations with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The unproduced and way-better version of I Am Legend, Thor) about penning the script. The Mass Effect movie is in the nascent stages of development, but it will happen. And hopefully, when it does, it will not suck.

      For those just joining us, BioWare’s epic science fiction series takes place in the year 2183 and follows Commander Shepard of the SS Normandy, who leads a team on a mission to defeat an ancient alien race that invades the galaxy every 50,000 years, wiping out all organic life.

      • Avi Arad and Ari Arad are not the most qualified producers. Bratz anyone…?

  2. I love screenrant and all, it’s one of my favorite movie websites, but the summary for the game near the end was just disrespectful to Dead Space and only explains a very small part the game and only gets about a third of it right.

    First off, the reason the rescue crew goes to the Ishimura is to fix its communication equipment. Second, the people aren’t killed,they’re either infected and turned into necromorphs or go insane and kill themselves. Third, Isaac doesn’t always have to use the Plasma Cutter, there is entire arsenal of weapons to choose from.

    I don’t mean to nag on screenrant, but at least write a decent summary for a very respected and excellent franchise.

    Other than that, keep up the great work and I hope I didn’t anger anyone by clling SR out like this.

    • Don’t worry BigFoot, Rob and all of us at Game Rant know all about Dead Space. It was just a quick overview for the film news readers. You want some in depth game knowledge, you know where to find us.

    • “Disrespectful”. Someone needs to lighten up..

      • No, I don’t need to lighten up. Its a critically acclaimed franchise and to write a summary of a great game isn’t fair to Dead Space. If you had played the game then you would understand, but since you only took one word out of my comment then I doubt you have. This is screenRANT is it not? think I’m entitled to my own opinion.

        @Anthony, that’s cool, I know that you guys would know what you’re talking about (btw, love gamerant as well) its just that it seemed kinda weak for a game summary.

        • Bigfoot,

          FYI, Rob, who wrote this article, is Editor-in-Chief of I’m pretty sure he knows all about the game. Me? I don’t know anything about it.


          • @Vic, yes I know that Rob runs gamerant, it’s one of my favorite game sites to go to. I’m not trying to complain or anything, and I’m sure he’s played dead space, I was just a little disappointed with that last paragraph, especially sice the editor-in-chief would be able to write a more accurate synopsis for dead save. I can see though, this being a movie site not many people would about the game, and that’s fine, but the way it was worded made it sound like it wasn’t that great of a game.

    • Want Ant said – Game details are on Game Rant, the site we put in 3 links to.

      • Yes I know, I read those articles, like I said, I love gamerant, I guess it was just because it’s one of my favorite games. I hope I’m not coming off as annoying or obnoxious, and I don’t mean to offend any of the writers. Keep up the great work guys.

    • Here, here. Don’t dimish the game- it’s a great franchise.

      If the powers that be go with the prequel angle of the game it WILL piss off gamers and the audience.

      Dead Space has a special Cult Following of people (no pun intended). It’s not like Call of Duty or Mario Bro’s., or any of the other generic franchises.

      The only way people would go to see a Dead Space adaptation is if the gamers and the following RAVE about it before its release- the critics will hear our buzz and then see BRILLIANT art-work, screen-work and jumpy scenes the way the games deliver.

      Other than that, a prequel that fails to capture the faithful DS following will be bound to flop. We expect more!

  3. Mass Effect could be this generation Star Wars if done right. it already has a fan base and the game & story is incredible. someone experienced should do it.

    • humh

  4. I would rather see a Red Dead Redemption Movie and get Viggo to play J.M.

    • Red dead. Why they have not started making this movie is a mystery to me!!!!!

      • The latest grain of salt on the internets is that Brad Pitt has shown some interest in the Marston role.

  5. There already is a Dead Space movie, it came out in 1997 and is called Event Horizon!

    • I hope the Dead Space movie is as creepy as that!

      • i havent heard of that movie in a long time… if this movie gets that creepy, then ill watch it with an empty bottle, it will be filled by the end… :D

  6. ifi they did make a film out of this they should get the guys who worked on ‘pandorum’ similar idea, and an underrated movie.

  7. …”Pandorum” wasn’t the film adaptation of Dead Space?

    • If it was, it (Dead Space) deserves better.

  8. i hope they take their time and make a good movie

  9. I’d rather have a Halo film, but that game is cool.

    • I cannot comprehend why nobody wants to make this movie? Halo and gears of war are nobrainers. Would somebody please step up and make these movies for gods sage.

      • Oops I mean sake.

  10. “and aren’t interested in a cheap cash-grab.”

    Then explain the two crappy animated movies.

    • Check and mate!!!!

  11. “But one of the reasons Dead Space still exists and is popular is because we’ve made sure to do everything right.”

    HA! Dead Space: Aftermath was ruined by that 3d animation they had all over the place. You call that making sure to “do everything right”? I don’t think so. It should have just stayed 2d like the first movie.

  12. Hollywood does not reward its artists the way the game industry does. It is an archaic system of inherited jobs and powerful guilds with only a very select few that share in the profits.

    The game companies create bold new ideas and should not sell away their film rights to Hollywood. They should be patient and learn to create their own films and distribute them as they see fit.

  13. Did anyone play the Wi game? I havent but I wonder if that would be considered a quick cash grab?(just asking for someones opinion who has played the Wi game) Nonetheless I do hope they take their time and try to make a movie with a good story outta this. Whoever was taking about Red Dead Redemption is right, it is a game with a great story and ALMOST can be done shoot for shoot.

  14. If you don’t want it to suck, keep the screen rights away from Resident Evil Director Paul Anderson. That man could not write his way out of a wet paper bag.

  15. Many people are complaining about the rumored release of the Dead Space movie. But in truth, they still would go see it, just like I would.