The sci-fi horror game franchise Dead Space has broken through many media boundaries at a staggering pace. Originally a sci-fi horror game born out of inspired Electronic Arts insiders, all forms of media are game now. From action figures, animated films, novels, comics and even backpacks, there’s no holding back the fantasy of Dead Space. But if there is one boundary where even gaming greats such as Halo fumble, it’s in Hollywood. Resident Evil is probably one of the few game franchises that have enjoyed continued success on the big screen. Dead Space has set its sights on Resident Evil before, so this shouldn’t be a problem, right? Turns out getting major movie studios to distinguish Dead Space from one of its inspirations, Event Horizon, is one of the biggest challenges.
Director D.J. Caruso is taking on the Dead Space live action film, and here’s what he told MTV Movies Blog on the challenge of getting it sold to major studios:
“It’s one of those things where the storytelling of it and trying to get into the prequel [is a challenge],” he said. “You have have the whole sort of brainwash-y/Scientology thing and ultimately the Necromorphs. It’s interesting to try to get the major studios to understand that this [isn’t ‘Event Horizon.’] So you’ve got to sort of steer their brain out of that. So we’re fighting some of those elements. … I’m still looking forward to getting going.”
Besides getting the studios past Event Horizon, the search for a writer is still ongoing as well. D.J. Caruso is anticipating a “screenplay in a few months.” Dead Space 2 is set to be released in January 2011 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. For more details on the Dead Space series, visit deadspace.ea.com.