Posted by: da_nibbler | July 26, 2009

D.J. Caruso To Direct ‘Dead Space’

Variety reports that the Electronic Arts hit video game Dead Space is on course to become a sci-fi/horror film, with Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso attached to direct.

The producers, EA and Caruso have been listening to takes from prospective screenwriters, and once they set a writer and EA signs off on a creative direction, they will auction the property to studios. That will likely happen in early September.

Dead Space is set in the 26th century in deep space, where an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship finds the vessel infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs. The creatures are human corpses, reanimated by an alien virus.

Dead Space is not only famous for the amazingly creepy in-game atmosphere, but also introduced the new dismemberment feature which allows players to specifically target their attacker’s limbs to slow them down or disarm them (quite literally).

EA launched the game in 2008 and is working on the second and third installments.

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