I’ve found EA’s acclaimed space-survival-horror franchise Dead Space 1, 2 and 3 to be immensely entertaining and mildly challenging. They offer amazing graphics work, good story lines, intense kills and a decent amount of scares. All 3 games are nail biting, ear thumping, nerve freezing experiences. Engrossing, to say the least.
Now, could this space shock-opera translate to film? I would think so. It plays out like horror movie, so why the hell not? Oh, and those animated movies were pretty gruesome and scary. They worked, why not a real movie then? On the other hand, video game based movies have never had any success beyond being background noise while couples make with hanky panky. They keep the $5 or under bin at Walmart in business. So, right there, I would say leave it alone. Don’t dare try to make a live-action movie out of it. What’s that you say? Justin Marks, the writer of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is reportedly signed on to draft the script of the feature adaptation with I Am Legend’s Neal Moritz on board to co-produce the film. Oh, fuck! Let a necromorph kill me now.
At a Comic-Con panel about video game adaptations, Marks said the film shouldn’t be 100% faithful to the game in its execution, saying instead: “You would be making ‘Event Horizon’ or ‘Alien,’ I’ve already seen that movie.” Marks went on to say say the filmmaker should strive to tell the main character’s story in a way designed for the film medium.
Alright, I agree that Dead Space does play out a little like Alien, but that doesn’t mean the source material should be ignored. The characters, creatures and story are completely their own. Also, Alien and Event Horizon – those films are dated. Dead Space is a new survival horror for the current generation. A stupid comment like “I’ve already seen that movie” is example of what a hack writer Justin Marks is.
Minus Marks being involved (*bangs head against wall*) there is a glimmer of hope that a Dead Space movie could play out the way we fans would expect it to. While no director has been locked, Horror master himself, John Carpenter has expressed much interest in adapting the property in the past, saying: “I maintain that ‘Dead Space’ would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff. I would love to make ‘Dead Space’ [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.”
I pray to the church of Unitology that Carpenter gets involved.
At this time, EA is farming the script and will then look to get backing from a studio. No Dead Space movie, at least for a while.