EA has had some trouble getting their franchises off the ground when it comes to making them a feature film. “The Sims,” “Spore,” “Mass Effect,” “Army of Two” and “Dante’s Inferno” are all projects that they have been trying to get made for quite some time now. They are finally getting Need for Speed out the door because they stepped up and funded the development. Now they are pushing to get Dead Space on the big screen.
Variety reports Justin Marks developed the story for the original draft and that Europa Report’s Philip Gelatt wrote a version that EA will develop with another screenwriter. Justin Marks is known for his adaptation of Street Fighter for The Legend of Chun-Li. He also worked on the script for Hack/Slash but seeing as that film still hasn’t seen the light of day, we don’t have much to go on.
During the Comic Con panel Marks said that film will not exactly replicate the game, “You would be making ‘Event Horizon’ or ‘Alien,’” he said. “I’ve already seen that movie.” Instead, the challenge is to tell the main character’s story in a way “that’s new and intriguing.”
So how do you think this movie will turn out? Marks is an unproven writer and EA is notorious for pushing out things before they are ready. I’m excited for the prospect and I’m keeping my expectations realistic.