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John Carpenter Wants to Make Dead Space Movie

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Dead Space is even awesome on iPhoneDead Space is even awesome on iPhoneMovie director/producer John Carpenter, the mastermind behind horror hits Halloween, 1982's The Thing, Prince of Darkness and The Fog, recently told Game Informer that he would definitely work on a movie adaption of Electronic Arts' Dead Space. Oh yes.

According to Carpenter, Dead Space is prime material for Hollywood, and essentially he's right. During the development of the original game, EA's Redwood Shores team reportedly studied a variety of horror films to find inspiration for in-game scares. Thus it would make sense that Dead Space, which is rooted in Hollywood-generated scare tactics, would eventually end up in Hollywood.

"They've been analyzing every aspect of horror movies multiple times to see how directors have made their projects frighten their audiences," IGN reported back in 2007. "That includes everything from classic films and big studio scares to low budget schlockfests, because every single title has some moment that they could potentially use, such as the timing of a scare or an audio cue."

Who wants to bet John Carpenter's work was part of that Dead Space research? Carpenter told Game Informer that the first installment was more like Ridley Scott's Alien, but not quite. Honestly, the game's plot seems like a brilliant combination of Alien, The Thing and Resident Evil.

"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," he told the magazine. "I would love to make Dead Space, I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made."

Please, sir, be our guest.

There are already two Dead Space animated movies available on the market: Downfall, which is a prequel to the first game (2008), and Aftermath which bridges the first and second games (2011). There's also an unrelated movie called Dead Space, released in 1991, which was directed by Fred Gallo and stars Marc "Beastmaster" Singer as Commander Steve Krieger.

Carpenter, on the other hand, has shied away from the director's chair for quite some time, helming The Ward in 2010, an episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror in 2005, and Ghosts of Mars in 2001. That said, Carpenter would likely serve as one of the project's producers.

Should Dead Space be brought to the silver screen? Hey, as long as it's not by the same team behind the 2005 movie adaption of Doom, or Uwe Boll, we're good to go. Maybe someone should create a petition to EA asking the company to hand over the film rights to Carpenter.

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    halcyon , May 12, 2013 2:06 AM
    ....and I'll go see it! Please make this into a movie and take my $30US (that's what it's likely going to cost for a single movie ticket in the US by the time this one comes to fruition).
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    w0_od , May 12, 2013 2:10 AM
    Pre-order your tickets for extra credits shown and alternate ending!
    or better yet half way the movie the character will pull out his wallet and use his charge card to access a panel and buy more health packs and ammo and a special weapon !
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    makaveli316 , May 12, 2013 4:04 AM
    Dead Space 3 is still waiting on my desktop to be played.
    I got bored in 30 minutes and never played again.
    Same goes with a possible movie - i'll check it out, but i'm not that hyped about it.
    ...just my 2 cents.
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    Pailin , May 12, 2013 5:01 AM
    Heh, I like the sound of this very much.
    I've been saving this series of games for a dedicated play through for a while now.
    It has so many elements that would let a film weave a story I could easily lose myself in for a Good few hours!
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    Maxx_Power , May 12, 2013 8:14 AM
    Sweetness since the thing.
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    rocknrollz , May 12, 2013 10:30 AM
    I remember when games were made based on a movie.
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    das_stig , May 12, 2013 2:26 PM
    Yes please, Ghosts Of Mars was cool too, mainly for Jason Statham but anybody but Uwe Boll :D 
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    NuclearShadow , May 12, 2013 8:19 PM
    I would like to see it as long as it was completely set in a different place or time. This way it starts off fresh with it's own unique characters and setting. I really think the Necromorphs could be as big as the Xenomorphs in the Alien series if handled right.
    I believe if good movies were based off of Dead Space the movies could surpass the popularity and success of the games.
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    lpedraja2002 , May 12, 2013 9:20 PM
    I rather like the horror space genre very much even if they all consist of a big massacre inside a spaceship. As long as it isn't full of cheap scares and has an interesting story I'm in.
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    razor512 , May 12, 2013 11:27 PM
    They should make one, the anime movie was really good.
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    cats_Paw , May 13, 2013 1:50 AM
    Asking EA to hand out something... That was a good one.
    I just hope the guy actually plays the game from start to finish before making the movie, or we will get another "this is my view of the game" movie.
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    NeeKo , May 13, 2013 5:06 AM
    Make a Half Life Trilogy!!!
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    Dupontrocks11 , May 13, 2013 5:47 AM
    1. Pay for ticket
    2. Watch first 3/4 of movie
    3. Pay $10 for "DLC"
    4. Watch rest of movie
    5. Rage at EA
    6. Repeat
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    _Cosmin_ , May 14, 2013 2:00 AM
    Next news on Tom: Kickstarter raise funds for Dead Space movie. Limit set to 2 mil $, allready found suckers who pleadged 20 mil $... need more!
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    jerrspud , May 14, 2013 7:49 AM
    The first Dead Space was a fantastic game. Great story and one of the few games with truly scary moments and environment. Being on the Ishimura was creepy and wonderful at the same time. Dead Space two was ok and three was meh... but the first Dead Space was on par with Bioshock (only the first one by Irrational)
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