John Carpenter wants a Dead Space movie

News Aaron Birch
9 May 2013 - 07:24

Legendary director, John Carpenter, has expressed his enthusiasm for a Dead Space movie...

Talking to Game Informer, John Carpenter has clearly stated that he'd greatly welcome the chance to work on a movie adaptation of Electronic Arts' Dead Space, a license that isn't all that far removed from his own cult classic, The Thing.

Comparing the first game to Ridley Scott's Alien, Carpenter believes that Dead Space is prime material, and is perfect for a Hollywood outing.

When asked about the Dead Space series, Carpenter said, "The first game was more - I guess it was like Alien - but not quite. It was a little different than that.

"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, I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made."

EA's Dead Space was initially a sci-fi Resident Evil clone, and managed to establish itself as a very respectable franchise. Later iterations, such as Dead Space 3, have dropped the horror quotient in favour of action and multiplayer, but the original game is still a survival horror classic, and if I'd have to pick any director to bring the series to the silver screen, it'd be Carpenter.

This choice is not only because of The Thing, which would obviously give him ample credence when it comes to plentiful space-gore and mutating human creatures, but also his unique style. Most of his films, such as the amazing Escape From New York (no, there never was an Escape From LA, I refuse to believe it), and Assault On Precinct 13 (no, there never was a remake, you're wrong) all have that heightened feeling of tension, and his filming style would be perfect for replicating the bleak, dark vision of the future seen in EA's title.

Of course, whether it'll happen or not is purely speculative, and so far EA hasn't made any real moves in bringing the series to film (aside from the animated movies Downfall and Aftermath). If it did, however, with Carpenter behind it, a Dead Space movie could be that very possible Holy Grail - a game-based movie that's actually decent.

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