Justin Marks


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.

Source: ComingSoon.net



Breaking news from Development Hell, but it seems that we have a new writer onboard the adaptation of the Shadow of the Colossus video game. The screenwriter hired is Seth Lochhead, the man who wrote the spy thriller Hanna, and has since been hired on projects like Michael Bay’s The Governess the sci-fi novel adaptation The Age of Miracles.

But really, all we know about his capability is Hanna, which was a good movie, but not exactly a warm-up for something that will surely be effects heavy and epic like Shadow.

Anyway, here’s the synopsis:

The protagonist is a young man who thinks his lover has died. Desperate to bring her back, he heads into a forbidden land, and summons a demon who can wake the dead. The price for bringing back his girl: slay 16 colossi that dominate this mystical place. These are skyscraper-sized giants that rise from the ground, fly through the air and come from the water. As the young man works through his quest on horseback, he begins to wonder if he is on a noble pursuit to bring back his lover, or perhaps has made a deal with the devil and is being used. Trank has been a fan of the game since it launched in 2005, and sought out the job.

Lochhead will be picking up the baton dropped by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), who was hired to write the film back in 2009. The film is expected to be directed by Chronicle director Josh Trank (either before or after Fantastic Four), and obviously Sony wants to get the cameras rolling on this sometime soon.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

If you’re talking about nerdy movies, few big name, Hollywood producers are more busy than Dan Lin. Working out of Warner Bros., Lin has been attached to the Sherlock Holmes movies, Terminator Salvation and the upcoming Gangster Squad, and he’s currently in development on the LEGO movie, Godzilla and Justice League.

While recently talking to Collider, Lin updated nerdery about two other projects, Suicide Squad based on the DC Comics team of government sanctioned heroes-turned-villains, and ACME based on the Looney Tunes brand name of borderline suicidal gizmos and supplies. From the sounds of things, there’s good news for one and not so good news for the other.

“[Suicide Squad] has a script from Justin Marks, but that is on a hold right now,” says Lin. “I think Warner Brothers wants to finish their A-list stories first and then we’ll talk about stories like Suicide Squad.”

Ugh. This is the stupid thing I hate about the way Warners is developing their DC Comics properties, if you have a good script why not just get it made rather than wait for the stars to allign on the Justice Leagueand related movies. We want good comic book films. Period. There doesn’t necessarily have to be some multi-step, multi-year plan in order to tie them all together.

Speaking of pointless plans, Lin also talked about what an ACME film would look like, and is sounds like they’ve got an interesting approach to the material.

“It is a live action movie, not an animated movie, and we’re really using the inspiration of Wile E. Coyote and ACME, a company that makes everything, as the inspiration for big, live-action family adventure movie,” explains Lin.

“We’re not going to use Looney Tunes in the ACME movie, it’s a live action movie.  What were so excited about is the lead character is sort of a Steve Jobs kind of character and because it’s ACME you can create some incredibly funny, wacky inventions that you can’t do on any other movie.  So naturally it’s just a super imaginative movie.”

That’s a shame about the Looney Tunes because I think that the world does need another good Looney News movie, but it does sound like they’ve got an interesting direction moving forward with the film.

More news on both projects as they develop.

He-Man Movie Is Not Happening…Woo Hoo!


Two things you need to know about me. I enjoy taking showers sitting down and I’m an avid He-man fan. Yea know the “I have the power” blond, possibly gay muscle dude from the 80’s action cartoon that was based on the rather successful toyline. Although liking He-man has always made me question my sexuality I just dig the barbarian scifi stuff, plus the toys were cool. I always thought He-man could be easily adapted to a live action flick. Yes there was a He-man flick in the 80’s starring Dolph Lundren (Rocky 4) but it was so terrible I’ve but all erased it from my mind.  When I think of a He-man flick I envision an EPIC, high budgeted stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor (for the kiddies) . I think 300 meets Lord of The Rings.  As a fan I won’t accept anything less than that.