Looks like EA’s sci-fi/horror game Dead Space is the latest video game property to be set up as a feature film, with director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) signed on to head up the adaptation. Caruso will direct and produce along with EA, who are currently accepting pitches from screenwriters. No studio has been set as of yet.
The game centers on an engineer named Isaac Clarke (an amalgamation of science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke), who is sent to investigate a distress signal from the interstellar mining ship USG Ishimura. He finds the ship plagued by an alien virus that turns humans into zombie-like creatures known as “Necromorphs”. During his investigation he discovers that the ship’s captain was an agent of the Church of Unitology sent to steal a religious relic known as “The Marker”, which is when all the trouble started.
The game was critically praised for its tense atmosphere and stellar graphics, and sold over a million copies. The movie is believed to be a bridge between the second and third game, which are currently in development. Variety notes that EA also has movies based on Army of Two, The Sims and Mass Effect currently in the works, but if this is going to help support for the release of new games, I suspect we may see a Dead Space movie sooner than the others. Are you interested in seeing Dead Space on the big screen or will it be just another Alien clone?