John Carpenter Would Love To Make Dead Space

John Carpenter Would Love To Make Dead Space

Dead Space 2 - Isaac Clarke

The director behind Halloween and The Thing believes Dead Space is "ready-made" for a film adaptation.

Not everyone considers the Dead Space games to be survival horror anymore, but they've certainly earned the affections of fans. Among their numbers is none other than John Carpenter, the director behind such influential horror and science fiction movies as Halloween and The Thing. Back in February, Carpenter even took to Twitter and described Dead Space 3 as "the first great game of 2013". Carpenter recently elaborated on these thoughts in an interview with GameInformer, saying that if given the chance he'd enjoy adapting Dead Space into a full-length feature film.

"I would love to make Dead Space. I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made," Carpenter says. "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."

A Dead Space Carpenter movie would be an intriguing project, helped greatly by his status as an avid gamer. "My son got me involved in games when he was growing up," he explains. "He and I spent time together playing. He got me hooked on it." Carpenter names Assassin's Creed 3, Dishonored, and God of War as personal favorites, and even shares gamer frustrations on how Aliens: Colonial Marines turned out. "It's just another marketing issue. They're trying to get you to buy the game, which I stupidly did."

There doesn't appear to be plans to produce a Dead Space movie, at least not yet. Still, the very idea of putting The Thing's director in charge of a potential film is giving me all kinds of goosebumps, considering his experience in horror and sci-fi. If a Dead Space movie wasn't an option, Carpenter's knowledge of games could still make him ideal for other movie adaptations, even just as a producer. With Carpenter behind the scenes, maybe we'd finally get that now-mythic "good" videogame movie that always seems just out of reach.

Source: GameInformer, via Eurogamer

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"DEAD SPACE 3 is the first great game of 2013. Awesome!" - if DS3 is a 'great game of 2013', then 2013 is probably going to be a REALLY HORRIBLE YEAR...

If he has his The Thing hat on then i cant wait. If he has his Ghosts Of Mars hat on, then NO.

You know what...

This can actually work out really well.

Also, if he were to make a movie based on DS, he could actually transfer the game's mechanics better than some other directors would, as I feel that those guys have never even played a game.

Captcha: The bee's knees

It very well could be Captcha.

SonOfVoorhees:
If he has his The Thing hat on then i cant wait. If he has his Ghosts Of Mars hat on, then NO.

I was going to say: hasn't he already made this movie?

I love some of Johns (i call him John) earlier stuff from the 80s, but when was the last time he produced something of any substance?

If anyone were to do it right, I think it would be Carpenter!

Well he wouldn't exactly be my top pick, ya The Thing was cool but that is also old as dirt.

And we already have two animated movies of Dead Space that are decent, compared to most adaptions we could even call them good.

John Carpenter.... not so much, he has done good stuff but lately he hasn't really been on top of his game. This is something David Cronenberg was MADE for. It is an easy choice really.

One of the granddaddy's of body horror in a movie where the entire premise is an infectious alien life form morphing your body and taking it over combined with a grim allegory of blind faith warping and distorting people into monsters? That's basically a summary of most of his work, where bodily gore stands in as an allegory for something else.

1337mokro:
John Carpenter.... not so much, he has done good stuff but lately he hasn't really been on top of his game. This is something David Cronenberg was MADE for. It is an easy choice really.

One of the granddaddy's of body horror in a movie where the entire premise is an infectious alien life form morphing your body and taking it over combined with a grim allegory of blind faith warping and distorting people into monsters? That's basically a summary of most of his work, where bodily gore stands in as an allegory for something else.

OOH good choice

I didn't know John Carpenter was still hanging around. I didn't find most of his work that good anyway and I didn't like Dead Space, so http://youtu.be/CxK_nA2iVXw

I have a feeling that would turn out like Jason X. I don't know, Carpenter hasn't done anything I've been interested in for 30 years.

As 'meh' as I am about the most recent incarnation of Dead Space, I have to admit that a decently-budgeted film by someone like Carpenter with an eye for intense, personal, physical horror- could be pretty damn good.

It would be funny (and possibly a nice "Oh, you think you know where this is going, do you?" twist) if they introduced Isaac Clark and then killed him off.

Bindal:
"DEAD SPACE 3 is the first great game of 2013. Awesome!" - if DS3 is a 'great game of 2013', then 2013 is probably going to be a REALLY HORRIBLE YEAR...

Objectively most people do qualify it as a great game, but a bad 'Dead Space' game. When reviews came out everyone gave it almost perfect, but just about unanimously marked off a point or two for this very reason.

I for one would love to watch "Dead Space: The Thing-en-ing"

flarty:
I love some of Johns (i call him John) earlier stuff from the 80s, but when was the last time he produced something of any substance?

It's not film-length.... But "Cigarette Burns" from Masters of Horror was pretty awesome... and easily one of the best episodes of that series.. "Pro-Life" was decent if only because Ron Perlman is awesome.

Other than that..... I'd say In Mouth of Madness was his last good flick, though I enjoyed Vampires well enough... but I'm a huge Carpenter fan, so I may be biased.

It really sucks because not only were Carpenter's last movies his worst... he has also directed damn-near nothing in over 10 years as it is... Still, I'd love to see him do this, even after Ghosts of Mars.

Worr Monger:

flarty:
I love some of Johns (i call him John) earlier stuff from the 80s, but when was the last time he produced something of any substance?

It's not film-length.... But "Cigarette Burns" from Masters of Horror was pretty awesome... and easily one of the best episodes of that series.. "Pro-Life" was decent if only because Ron Perlman is awesome.

Other than that..... I'd say In Mouth of Madness was his last good flick, though I enjoyed Vampires well enough... but I'm a huge Carpenter fan, so I may be biased.

It really sucks because not only were Carpenter's last movies his worst... he has also directed damn-near nothing in over 10 years as it is... Still, I'd love to see him do this, even after Ghosts of Mars.

I actually really enjoyed in the mouth of madness. Its a shame because his earlier work is brilliantly inventive and puts the likes of Micheal Bay to shame. But that is probably from a reliance on plot instead of special effects.

Before: I don't want dead space to be a movie, they'd find a way to screw it up.
After: John Carpenter wants to make a dead space film, I can't wait.

Well, The Thing is one of the greatest SF horror films of the century, a game about twisted monstrosities stalking a darkened space ship should be right up his alley.

I think a Dead Space movie would be amazing, if done correctly. I've never found any of the Dead Space games to be scary, not even the first. I got spoiled by Silent Hill 2 and 3 (two freaking me out so much that I have not beat it to this day), so every horror game gets measured against those and thus always falls short. Dead Space had some good jump scares and all three of the games have good panic moments (Oh CRAP! Reload, reload, RELOAD! WAAAAAH!) but I was never really scared. It's hard to get scared when you're carrying a weapon that utterly destroys the things that are supposed to be scaring you.

However, I've always felt that the concept and the atmosphere behind Dead Space would be utterly terrifying. A disease that there is no defense against, that has the ability to infect you and you don't even realize it, and makes you start seeing things and turning you into a psychotic killer, only to end up reusing your body after you die to continue the cycle. That idea scares the living daylights out of me. Throw in the feeling of being utterly alone when you know you should be surround by people, and I start getting Silent Hill vibes. One of my favorite moments from the first Dead Space game was when you finally make it down to the planet. You land in what should be a busy hub of traffic, but there's no one there. And then you start finding the bodies, and you're forced to wonder, "What happened here?" These things, I believe, would be much easier to capture in a movie than in a video game.

Sniper Team 4:
I think a Dead Space movie would be amazing, if done correctly. I've never found any of the Dead Space games to be scary, not even the first. I got spoiled by Silent Hill 2 and 3 (two freaking me out so much that I have not beat it to this day), so every horror game gets measured against those and thus always falls short. Dead Space had some good jump scares and all three of the games have good panic moments (Oh CRAP! Reload, reload, RELOAD! WAAAAAH!) but I was never really scared. It's hard to get scared when you're carrying a weapon that utterly destroys the things that are supposed to be scaring you.

However, I've always felt that the concept and the atmosphere behind Dead Space would be utterly terrifying. A disease that there is no defense against, that has the ability to infect you and you don't even realize it, and makes you start seeing things and turning you into a psychotic killer, only to end up reusing your body after you die to continue the cycle. That idea scares the living daylights out of me. Throw in the feeling of being utterly alone when you know you should be surround by people, and I start getting Silent Hill vibes. One of my favorite moments from the first Dead Space game was when you finally make it down to the planet. You land in what should be a busy hub of traffic, but there's no one there. And then you start finding the bodies, and you're forced to wonder, "What happened here?" These things, I believe, would be much easier to capture in a movie than in a video game.

And they did! Look up Dead Space: Downfall. It's an animated prequels to the first game, and gives a taste of what a movie would be like.

If he would do it with the same passion he did his B-Movies a long time ago, I would buy 10 tickets and preorder 20 BlueRays to make this happen.

SonOfVoorhees:
If he has his The Thing hat on then i cant wait. If he has his Ghosts Of Mars hat on, then NO.

Well, the thing is "Dead Space" would be a lot more like "Ghosts Of Mars" than "The Thing" thematically, and we've seen how he tends to wear the action-horror hat and what the results are. I personally liked "Ghost Of Mars" it's the first movie I remember seeing Jason Statham in.

Speaking for myself though I'd like to see him do more movies like "The Thing", "In The Mouth Of Madness" or "Prince Of Darkness" (oddly one of my favorites), that work on video game adaptions. He does a very specific type of thing well IMO and at this point should stick with it, it's when he branches out that he starts to run into problems. I think "Big Trouble In Little China" was pretty much the exception to him breaking his usual mould, and that movie was largely defined by the comedy, which really wouldn't work with "Dead Space" which is something that should thematically be very serious.

To be blunt, I'd think James Cameron would be the best guy to do "Dead Space" since it's arguably already re-treading his work to begin with.

Eh, Dead Space 3 was not that interesting the way they moved it from more of a isolated survival horror in DS1 & 2 to this stupid action horror crap in 3.

And EA wonders why it didn't do as well, it's changes like this that can make fans cynical or alienated.

Eh, Event Horizon already exists. Don't need another one.

Likes Dead Space... 3. This is why we shouldn't trust filmmakers with game's.

As much as John Carpenter would probably do Dead Space justice in film form I'm a bit worried about his views on the "first great game of 2013."

"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."

This is hardly a ground breaking story concept on it's own, John. I mean, take away the part about being in space and you've got every horror storyline ever.

I'm surprised that he doesn't mention more about the actual interesting parts of DS: the whole mythology surrounding the markers, unitology and Isaac's personal involvement within the story.

 

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