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[Movies] Electronic Arts Still Working On Dead Space Movie
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.18.2013

Variety reports that Electronic Arts is still working on adapting its sci-fi/horror video game Dead Space into a film series. Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li) helped develop the story. Neal Moritz will co-produce, and has been attached to the film for over three years. Philip Gelatt (Europa Report) wrote a version of the script that EA will develop with another writer. At one point, DJ Caruso was looking to direct but may not be involved anymore.

EA and Dreamworks finished production on Need for Speed recently, which stars Aaron Paul. It finally decided to fund development of the script by George and John Gatins and George Nolfi and shop it to studios itself. Dreamworks came on to produce and Disney will distribute on March 14. Scott Waugh directed.

Patrick O'Brien, who oversees the company's film adaptations said that by taking more control over how the films are developed, it's easier to get a greenlight and have more of a say in what the final film will look like. Ubisoft is doing the same thing with their adaptations, with Assassin's Creed (New Regency), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Fox) and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Warner Bros) all in development.

During a panel on video game adaptations at Comic-Con, EA and Marks talked about the film's development. At one point, O'Brien said that EA has tried to get films made of The Sims, Spore, Mass Effect, Army of Two and Dante's Inferno. Here are highlights:

O'Brien on getting their properties adapted: "We decided we have to pitch the projects as scripts. EA was batting 0 for 5 before we began funding scripts. We've had our knocks in the studio system. You don't want to go in with just an idea and be one of 200 projects. We decided we have to change the model and go in with a script."

O'Brien controlling the property: "You can't control every aspect unless you put up the entire budget.

Marks on what the film could look like by replicating the game: "You would be making ‘Event Horizon' or ‘Alien.' I've already seen that movie." [The challenge is to tell the main character's story in a way] "that's new and intriguing."


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