EA's Dead Space Video Game Being Adapted by D.J. Caruso
by Alex Billington
July 26, 2009
Gamers should be familiar with Dead Space, EA's sci-fi / horror video game that hit shelves last October. Variety announced tonight that Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso is attached to direct a big screen adaptation. EA will produce the film with Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. EA has been working with Caruso to find a screenwriter and will only pitch it to studios once everyone agrees on the creative direction. Caruso has a few other projects lined up, like Jack the Giant Killer and The Defenders, so it seems like Dead Space is one of those projects that is years away from actually happening.
EA's Dead Space is set in the 26th century in deep space, where an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship finds the vessel infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs. The creatures are human corpses, reanimated by an alien virus. It sounds a bit like the upcoming Pandorum or even something like Event Horizon, but that doesn't mean there isn't always room for more sci-fi movies, especially one being directed by D.J. Caruso. I'm a fan of his work and style and wouldn't have ever chosen him for a sci-fi before this, but now I'm very excited to see what he can bring to the genre. Thoughts?