Possible Dead Space Movie?
John Carpenter, the man responsible for such horror benchmarks as The Thing, Halloween and Escape From New York, has expressed his admiration for EA's Dead Space franchise, and even suggested he'd love to bring the series to the big screen.
In an interview with Game Informer (via Videogamer), the 65-year-old director compared the games to the Alien franchise, but with a couple of important differences that would help it appeal to modern audiences.
"You know it's great," he explained. "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 [into a film], I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made."
Carpenter's long been a vocal supporter of video games as an art form, even going so far as to help direct and narrate aspects of F.E.A.R. 3. Despite this, he's perfectly aware that game/movie tie-ins can often go awry, and even referenced the recent Aliens: Colonial Marines debacle as one that suckered him in.
"It's all about money," he said. "It's not that something is being mistreated, it's just another marketing issue.
"They're trying to get you to buy the game, which I stupidly did," he concluded.
The future of the Dead Space series is a little murky at the moment; rumours started earlier this year that pre-production on Dead Space 4 at Visceral Montreal had been nixed following poor sales of the third game, though EA refuted this.
Do you think this would be a great movie? Would you watch it? More to come as this unfolds.