D.J. Caruso Says 'Dead Space' Adaptation is Sort of a Prequel
Over a year ago we heard that director D.J. Caruso would helm an adaptation of the EA video game Dead Space. The sci-fi/horror game set in the 26th century follows an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship where he finds the vessel infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs, human corpses reanimated by an alien virus. Shortly thereafter, Caruso got caught up directing the adaption of the sci-fi young adult novel I Am Number Four (which actually just hit shelves today and is suggested reading), but recently told MTV that this Dead Space movie is apparently more of a prequel to the video game itself.
The film is definitely coming sooner or later, since Caruso said they were getting offers to set it up before I Am Number Four came along and his collaborative producer Wyck Godfrey and others when to work on The Twilight Saga, but it's just a matter of when all of their schedules clear up. It's clear that they've still got a lot of work to do before it gets off the ground, however, he did reveal that they already brainstormed how to bring the game's universe to the big screen. Here's what he had to say:
"We've got a really good sort of storyline. It's almost a prequel, sort of, to where the game picks up. We don't have a writer for it yet, but… right before I left [for 'I Am Number Four'] 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'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 brainwashy/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."
I haven't actually played the game in question, so I can't speak to my excitement about the adaptation other than the fact that I usually enjoy science fiction stories like this that dabble in a bit of horror here and there. In addition, I think Caruso's films have kind of been leading up to a big straight-up science fiction flick like this. Disturbia was a grounded thriller, Eagle Eye moved to a sci-fi influenced North By Northwest and now I Am Number Four injects sci-fi into a high school setting with plenty of action in store. Dead Space would be a full fledged dive into outer space with a world that would be far removed from the humanity presence in Caruso's movies up to this point. I'll be looking forward to this adaptation whenever this gets off the ground.