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D.J. Caruso Says 'Dead Space' Adaptation is Sort of a Prequel

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August 3, 2010
Source: MTV

Dead Space

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.

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  • This seems like Resident Evil mixed with Pandorum which might not be a bad thing. It is a video game film though and no one has successfully cracked that genre yet.
  • Dan W
    Yea I'm a little nervous that no video game movie has been good, ever. I LOVED the game. The story was amazing and the game play was scary, fun, and frenetic. I don't understand why he didn't mention anything about the prequel to the game that has already been out. There has been a game for the Wii that delves into what happened before the first game. There is also a motion comic and a comic book out that is a prequel. So there's plenty of source material to work on.
  • CJ
    as long as he makes it gritty and raw as the video game series.
  • Xerxex
    At least he's shaking it up and not following game's exact plot, this might be something to keep an eye on.
  • DoomCanoe
    god dammit people Silent Hill was amazing... im sick of saying that on every video game to movie page but my gut feeling tells me this is going to suck
  • Cody w
    Maybe that means it'll show what happened to the ship, only thing I dont like about that is the desperate, lonely and all out terrifying feel wont be there. It was 1 guy versus a ship filled with absolute incarnations of fear and horror, also this better be R for extreme gore throughout or Ill automatically call it a fail.
  • Big758
    He better make it R-Rated and Ultra-Violent and Gory.
  • Sean
    I loved the game as well but I didn't like the "religious" part of it. Seems like that's been done time and time again... but regardless the game's freaky as hell when those damn Necromorphs pop out of nowhere! lol Having experienced every video game adaption there is I'm still worried they'll f' it up like they do everything else.
  • N.
    @ 5 You are so right! I love the Silent Hill movie and it was the best Video Game adaption ever as far as Im concerned it was almost perfect! But yeah this does sound interesting I love the game but will most likely fail, we can only hope!
  • Disturbia was just a bad remake of rear window and Eagle Eye was a shit show of North by Northwest. Seeing as how Dead Space is in no way related to Hitchcock, he may have to, gasp, try to be original.
  • STOP MAKING VIDEO GAME MOVIES!!! Just Stop
  • crazy pills
    Ummm someone needs to inform this guy that there was already a prequel that came out for this game already that, imo, was badass. it completely doesn't need to be retold, they need to do an adaptation of the game. that was by far the most interesting part of the story. this was one of the best and scary games I've ever played. the perfect combination of aliens, event horizon, the thing, and totally recall. just brilliant. don't Fuck it up hollywood.
  • crazy pills
    Ummm someone needs to inform this guy that there was a prequel that came out for this game already that, imo, was badass. it completely doesn't need to be retold, they need to do an adaptation of the game. that was by far the most interesting part of the story. this was one of the best and scary games I've ever played. the perfect combination of aliens, event horizon, the thing, and totally recall. just brilliant. don't Fuck it up hollywood.

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