Before D.J. Caruso had the high profile feature film directing career that he does today he got his start on the small screen by directing episodes of Dark Angel, Smallville and The Shield. Caruso broke into film directing with gigs helming The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer, Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Two For the Money with Al Pacino. Disturbia with producer Steven Spielberg starring Shia LaBeouf and Eagle Eye, are what really gained him major notoriety.
Caruso has been linked to some pretty cool films as of late. He was supposed to be developing an adaptation of the Vertigo comic by writer Brian K. Vaughn called Y: The Last Man which would star LaBeouf in the lead role. It is reported that he is also attached to Dead Space based on the popular video game. Rumors have been circulating that he could possibly direct a film version of The Shield.
Here is what Caruso had to say during an interview with MovieWeb about Y: The Last Man:
"I love, love, love that project. I think the biggest problem for me was I saw it as a trilogy. I didn't think that you could take Yorick's story and put it in to a two-hourmovie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can't leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it's just mind-boggling. If you look at what my buddy Frank Darabont did with The Walking Dead you think, I don't know is that the best thing for it? Because there is just so much great stuff, so no I'm not involved with that anymore. Although I wouldn't rule it out completely. It's one of those things where if someone came back to me and said, okay we believe in your vision of the movie, then I would definitely jump back in but I don't anticipate that happening. It's a tough screenplay to lick and we had some very good writers. But it was like you had to convince the studio that this movie could stand alone on its own. But at the same time there would be unresolved issues ultimately with what happens to Yorick and how it all ties together. It's really tough. If someone came back to me today and said they would love for me to jump in and do this the way I wanted to do it, I would. But I just feel like it's too much for one screenplay. I'm not involved with that now."
He goes on to discuss Dead Space:
"Dead Space we are still trying to lick. It's a great concept; it's a great game. We're dealing with it in sort of a prequel way to tell the story. I've been so busy that I haven't really had time to hammer it out but it is something that I'm very interested in. I definitely don't think it will be next (for me) but I would like to get to it in the future."
Finally, here is what he had to say about The Shield rumor:
"I've never talked about the movie with them but I love Shawn Ryan and I loveMichael Chiklis. The Shield by far is the best television experience ever and I loved being an early part of that show. I loved doing that show. I've been trying to work withShawn ever since but I did get to work with Michael once. I love those guys. I would get back and shoot that because the great thing about The Shield was really just strapping on a camera and shooting the show. Vic Mackey is a timeless character and he's such a flawed hero. That was the most beautiful thing about it."