‘Dead Space’ Video Game Adaptation On The Way

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Yet another video game movie has been announced to be on the way to the big screen, this time it’s the hit sci-fi/horror-action game, Dead Space. The game is set to be adapted for film by Eagle Eye and Disturbia director, D.J. Caruso. He and Electronic Arts are looking at prospective writers and once they have one, they’ll wait on the “sign off” from EA about the creative direction before they start to auction it to the various studios.

Dead Space is a third-person sci-fi/horror/action game that’s set aboard an “interstellar mining ship” and follows an engineer called Isaac Clarke, who has to battle against an alien-like virus infestation that reanimates human corpses and turns them into grotesque creatures called “Necromorphs.”

Since it’s early on in the development stages, there’s no word how closely the Dead Space film will follows the game’s plot, but it certainly sounds very cinematic and thus they shouldn’t need to change all that much (with a few tweaks here and there aside).

Dead Space is the fifth game from EA that is on the road to being turned into a movie: They already have Dante’s Inferno, Army of Two, The Sims and Mass Effect. The Dead Space game was released last year, and due to its success, a second and third game are on their way.

The Dead Space movie already has two strikes against it though: the fact that it’s a video game movie and the fact that Caruso has been tapped to direct it. Starting with the video game movie issue – one hasn’t been made yet that’s technically “good.”  So automatically Dead Space is off to a bad start in my eyes.

The second issue is of it being Caruso who’s set to direct: He’s not the absolute worst director in the world, but his overly flashy and showy style (see Disturbia and Eagle Eye – although admittedly I enjoyed the latter) doesn’t bode well for a Dead Space movie.

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The game is very atmospheric and really damn creepy (not too dissimilar to watching Event Horizon or even Alien to some extent), and I’m afraid Caruso won’t be able to capture that tone because of his usual style. When he attempted a horror-thriller with the Seven rip-off Taking Lives, it didn’t work for me.

As I always am with video game movies, I’m willing to give Dead Space a fair shot. It certainly has a lot of elements within the game that have a lot of potential to make a really cool feature film. But the history of video games movies makes me dubious they’ll be able to manage it this time around. Here’s hoping.

Do you think Dead Space would make a good movie? And do you think D.J. Caruso is a good fit to adapt it?

Sources: Variety via Bloody-Disgusting

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  1. Dead Space: Downfall was an animated movie that came out last year. It was part 2 of a trilogy. The first part was a graphic novel, the 2nd part was Downfall & the 3rd part was the video game. I read the novel and watched the movie & both have a fantastically disturbing tone. Very creepy. Worth checking out. So, if you’re concerned that a movie of a video comes with a large grain of salt (& 8 times out of 10 it does), fear not…or at least for the movie that they released last year. I wonder if they’ll do the multi-media release for the next game installments. If you’re a fan of the Doom/Event Horizon/Aliens Disaster Sci-fi Horror genre, you’ll enjoy it.

  2. this was one of the best PS3 games ever…plus it was as creepy as the first resident evil, before you get use to the zombie hordes coming in from every door, window and ceiling. a movie of this could be truly epic!!! specially if they stick close to the story, as the story in game is pretty unique.

  3. One point against Dead space movie adaptation is the big similarities with the plot (ejem, ripoff) with Solaris (at lest Soderbergh’s version, haven’t seen/read the other one).

  4. Honestly Dead Space reminds me of Pandorum, I’ve seen Downfall, and I haven’t read the Graphic Novel, but the game is epic, had my blood pumpin.

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