Movie 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.