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27 July 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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DJ Caruso, director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye (and currently reported to be working on Y: The Last Man) has signed on to direct a movie of the EA sci-fi zombie horror videogame Dead Space, according to Variety.

Dead Space takes place on a mining ship infested by reanimated human corpses called Necromorphs. It's a third-person shooter using that over-the-shoulder perspective seen in the likes of Resident Evil 4 and 5 and Gears of War. Its Alien-like plot hook is that the zombifications began when something was brought back to the ship from an off-limits planet.

But the game is much more like Paul WS Anderson's Event Horizon, with the artefact triggering violent hysteria among the ship's crew, and the player piecing this back-story together through the discovery of ship logs and audio recordings. 

An animated prequel to the game, Dead Space: Downfall, was released to DVD last year. A game sequel, Dead Space: Extraction, is in development.

The game itself is decent enough, but it's very obviously a tribute to the films mentioned above, plus any number of other sci-fi and horror sources, filmic and literary. The player's character is called Isaac Clarke. From Asimov and Arthur C. Do you see? Translating it from a game back to a single film is going to be a tricky prospect if Caruso doesn't want it to seem completely derivative. 

He managed to make a silk purse from the potential sow's ear of a teen Rear Window remake however, so we're cautiously optimistic that he might find a similarly clever spin here.


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What an age we live in......
Where folk get as animated about a movie adap. of a computer game as they used with books. Look, you do realise most if not all computer games are in themselves derivative of movies / books? Ever think that the guys who made thsi game actually watched Event Horizon and went ' That'd be a cool game'. And the teensy tiny fact that moving from game to movie is also moving from 1st to 3rd person, no wonder most of them appear crap. BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT IN IT!!!! More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:13 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

Dead Space movie
This could be really good, they need to incorporate the idea of low gravity and the silence of space, which was done really well in the game (or as much as I played, cos it scared the crap out of me). There was one bit where I was walking around in space fixing something outside and this monster snuck up behind me in silence and the whole attack was just low thuds, so this would be all about the sound. I'm concerned about the similarities of the upcoming Pandorum movie, though. More

Posted by cluesy at 12:58 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: DJ Caruso Heading For Dead Space
How strange, I was just watching the Dead Space : Downfall animated flick last night, wondering how it would work as a feature film. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:02 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Why Videogame Adaptations So Often Fail ...
I've only seen the Dead Space DVD and not the video game but it is highly derivitive of Alien/Aliens so it needs something fresh to seperate it from the films Sam just listed. More

Posted by Caster at 11:00 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Why Videogame Adaptations So Often Fail ...
You would figure they would wait and see how Pandorum does before committing to a Dead Space film - they certainly feel quite similar. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 10:57 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

Why Videogame Adaptations So Often Fail ...
"Translating it from a game back to a single film is going to be a tricky prospect if Caruso doesn't want it to seem completely derivative." My sentiments entirely ... though hugely enjoyable in their videogame format many of these titles are hugely indebted to cinema and often homage/reference existing classics ... translating them back into films just comes full circle and leaves you with something that's a pale imitation of the original. Resident Evil, for example, is a stunning More

Posted by SamTyler at 10:34 on 27 July 2009 | Report This Post

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