D.J. Caruso on the Dead Space Movie


A year ago, it was announced that D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia, upcoming I Am Number Four) was going to direct a sci-fi/horror film based on EA’s hit video game “Dead Space.”

“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.

Caruso gave MTV an update on the project, saying that “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 added they have “a really good sort of storyline. It’s almost a prequel, sort of, to where the game picks up.”

He said that there are obstacles, however. “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.”

The director says that, although they don’t have a writer yet, they are taking pitches from different writers. “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.”