The film adaptation of the awesome video game Dead Space is currently on the mind of director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye). This was such a cool game with a great dark sci-fi atmospher that has the potential of being an amazing movie.
Caruso is currently directing the film I Am Number Four, but found some time to talk to MTV where he gave a little update on where the Dead Space film currently stands, and what we can expect to see.
Playing that game was one of the scariest gaming experiences I've had in my entire life. So I think the nuances of that and trying to capture that in the movie [are intriguing].
If he can capture the experience of the game for the movie... that would be awesome! Everyone involved with the project got busy with other projects, but once their schedules open back up they are going to jump back on board and start working on the project.
Caruso goes on to explain that the film will be a prequel and the challenges that come with developing the project.
We've got a really good sort of storyline. It's almost a prequel, sort of, to where the game picks up.
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 brainwash-y/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.
He also reveals that the project still has yet to bring on a screenwriter.
We don't have a writer for it yet, but... right before I left 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'll hopefully be ready to go.
As soon as I heard this would be a prequel, the first this I thought of was the animated DVD film that was released called Dead Space: Downfall, which was also a prequel leading up to the event's in the video game. I wonder if they will kind of go with that story line, or if they'll tackle it from a different angle.
I definitely looking forward to seeing what Caruso ends up ultimately doing with the film. I hope they don't screw this one up.