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D.J. Caruso talks about directing the Dead Space adaptation and expects a screenplay in a few months

08.03.2010

The amount of time I spent playing Dead Space was sad. I pussied out and stopped playing after an hour. Lame.

Actually, the closest I ever got to completing this game was watching the animated movie. (It's sort of disappointing.)

While on the set of I AM NUMBER FOUR, director D.J. Caruso (DISTURBIA, EAGLE EYE) spoke a bit about helming the Dead Space film, "Playing that game was one of the scariest gaming experiences I've had in my entire life. So I think the nuances of that and trying to capture that in the movie [are intriguing]." Movement on the film has been a bit slow, due to the fact that the team assembled for the project had other obligations. Caruso doesn't seem too worried about it, "The cool thing about 'Dead Space' is we've had a few offers to set it up. Once I started ['I Am Number Four'] and [producer] Wyck Godfrey and all those other guys got really busy on the 'Twilight' movies because they're kicking butt over there, so we're gonna get back and talk about it [once everyone's time frees up]."

Caruso says that they are also pulling some ideas together, also concerning where the movie will begin, "We've got a really good sort of storyline. It's almost a prequel, sort of, to where the game picks up." He also mentioned some obstacles they were trying to get through, "It's one of those things where the storytelling of it and trying to get into the prequel [is a challenge]. 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."

One of the main issues, according to Caruso, is finding someone to pen the screenplay. They have shopped around and hope to get draft in the next few months, "We don't have a writer for it yet, but... right before I left we were listening to different writers and taking different pitches. We have to decide on a couple once we get back what we're going to do. We've tried to crack the story a few different ways, so I know when we get back we're going to get into it and I feel like we'll have a screenplay in a few months. It'll hopefully be ready to go."

Extra Tidbit: What's the scariest game you ever played? Kung-Fu Panda does not count.
Source: MTV Movies Blog

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12:34PM on 08/05/2010

Why....

Why is it when they take a video game franchise and make it into a movie, that they try and start with a Prequel. The Animated movie, and the games HAVE ALREADY explained the start. Why not Build from that and continue the story, while still including "introducing elements" for the new audience. This way, the backstory is already there (instead of reinventing one) and you can make a better movie.
Why is it when they take a video game franchise and make it into a movie, that they try and start with a Prequel. The Animated movie, and the games HAVE ALREADY explained the start. Why not Build from that and continue the story, while still including "introducing elements" for the new audience. This way, the backstory is already there (instead of reinventing one) and you can make a better movie.
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8:34AM on 08/04/2010
There has yet to be a decent video game adaptation, and I'm fearful that this will just continue the trend.
There has yet to be a decent video game adaptation, and I'm fearful that this will just continue the trend.
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12:29AM on 08/04/2010

Tread carefully...

Dead Space is hollowed ground for reinvigorating the survival horror genre. And could climb higher on the pedestal with the sequel coming soon.

DJ better nail it. Or else...
Dead Space is hollowed ground for reinvigorating the survival horror genre. And could climb higher on the pedestal with the sequel coming soon.

DJ better nail it. Or else...
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12:16AM on 08/04/2010

My favorite 360 game

I'm actually replaying it now on impossible (very possible, so far) after seeing the latest videos for DS2. Do with it what you will, Hollywood. I am at this point immune to the sodomy of things that I love...
I'm actually replaying it now on impossible (very possible, so far) after seeing the latest videos for DS2. Do with it what you will, Hollywood. I am at this point immune to the sodomy of things that I love...
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12:11AM on 08/04/2010
This article made me pop Dead Space back into my 360 again. Replayed the Leviathan level and I still jumped. This game is hands down the scariest I've played. I really hope they get this film transfer right, because Caruso is hit and miss. If not there's always Dead Space 2 in January!
This article made me pop Dead Space back into my 360 again. Replayed the Leviathan level and I still jumped. This game is hands down the scariest I've played. I really hope they get this film transfer right, because Caruso is hit and miss. If not there's always Dead Space 2 in January!
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12:00AM on 08/04/2010
Unlike Doom, the creators behind this seem to know what they want and understand the mythology of the game. I sure hope this is a hard R-rated film, with a very small cast.
Unlike Doom, the creators behind this seem to know what they want and understand the mythology of the game. I sure hope this is a hard R-rated film, with a very small cast.
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10:59PM on 08/03/2010
Scariest game would have to be F.E.A.R, Dead Space wasn't scary as so much as it was FUBAR.
Scariest game would have to be F.E.A.R, Dead Space wasn't scary as so much as it was FUBAR.
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10:59PM on 08/03/2010
On who I think should play Issac, Andy Whitfield of Spartacus
On who I think should play Issac, Andy Whitfield of Spartacus
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10:57PM on 08/03/2010
Dead Space was one of those games I wish never ended, Very few campaigns make me think this. Even Call of Duty Modern Warfares, with it's great plot feels right when it ends. Dead Space, you just want to play forever, it was that great. In terms of Movies, Inception and The Departed were along those lines
Dead Space was one of those games I wish never ended, Very few campaigns make me think this. Even Call of Duty Modern Warfares, with it's great plot feels right when it ends. Dead Space, you just want to play forever, it was that great. In terms of Movies, Inception and The Departed were along those lines
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10:52PM on 08/03/2010

I loved the game, Don't screw it up!

I thrilled this is coming around, just don't mess w/the story too much!
I thrilled this is coming around, just don't mess w/the story too much!
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10:18PM on 08/03/2010
Video game movies are never good, so this could end up being another "Doom."
Video game movies are never good, so this could end up being another "Doom."
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9:22PM on 08/03/2010
Fatal Frame 1&2, and the Thing on X-box
Fatal Frame 1&2, and the Thing on X-box
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8:05PM on 08/03/2010
As for the question asked, Doom 3. That game was utterly shocking at some points and its truly sad how much hollywood ruined it. As for deadspace, this could be interesting as long as it is done right. Personally I would love for someone like john romero to try something like this.
As for the question asked, Doom 3. That game was utterly shocking at some points and its truly sad how much hollywood ruined it. As for deadspace, this could be interesting as long as it is done right. Personally I would love for someone like john romero to try something like this.
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7:30PM on 08/03/2010
I'll have to disagree, I thought the animated movie was pretty good. At first I didn't want to see it b/c of the American animation style, but then when I heard the first curse word in the movie, I left it on. lol ..By the end of the film, I was like.. "Not bad."
I'll have to disagree, I thought the animated movie was pretty good. At first I didn't want to see it b/c of the American animation style, but then when I heard the first curse word in the movie, I left it on. lol ..By the end of the film, I was like.. "Not bad."
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7:17PM on 08/03/2010
Pandorum had the look that a Dead Space movie needs... but I'm not sure Caruso is the right man for this job. Also, I think there's enough story there for them to translate the game... why waste time on a prequel that's already been done unless you're adapting that...?
Pandorum had the look that a Dead Space movie needs... but I'm not sure Caruso is the right man for this job. Also, I think there's enough story there for them to translate the game... why waste time on a prequel that's already been done unless you're adapting that...?
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7:17PM on 08/03/2010

E.T.

silent hill. very disturbing to play.
silent hill. very disturbing to play.
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7:16PM on 08/03/2010

SHIA = ISAAC?????

LOLWUT???!??
LOLWUT???!??
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7:10PM on 08/03/2010
even though there has been several different versions of a prequel to this game already, id be up for it, just keep it hard R and u should do fine
even though there has been several different versions of a prequel to this game already, id be up for it, just keep it hard R and u should do fine
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