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Dead Space Is the ‘Only’ Game John Carpenter Would Make into a Movie

Dead Space John Carpenter only movie he would direct for a video game adaptation

Horror legend John Carpenter has Dead Space at the top of the list of games he would adapt into a movie if he had the chance. He raised the idea in a recent interview with The AV Club.

Specifically, when asked about the possibility of adapting a video game, Carpenter said, “The only one I can think of, and I’ve mentioned it before, is Dead Space. That would make a real great movie. I could do that.” He has suggested it before — almost 10 years ago, in fact — and he went into more detail back then about the game’s atmospheric likeness to Alien and why it’s ideal adaptation material.

If this dream project were to somehow come to pass, it would be Carpenter’s first directorial effort since 2010’s The Ward, but a return to the genre that he left an indelible mark on with the original Halloween, The Thing, and The Fog. It also wouldn’t be the first film version of the series, as two animated movies came out in 2008 and 2011 at the height of the saga’s popularity. Of course, EA is currently in the process of reviving its long-dormant Dead Space franchise, with a remake of the original game set for launch on January 27, 2023.

The statement about directing a Dead Space movie came in the midst of a sprawling conversation about video games, in which John Carpenter also admitted he would be keen to write the soundtrack to a game (“But no one’s asked!”) and praised big-name games, including Borderlands, Fallout 76, and Horizon Forbidden West, for their freedom.

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Damien Lawardorn
Editor and Contributor of The Escapist: Damien Lawardorn has been writing about video games since 2010, including a 1.5 year period as Editor-in-Chief of Only Single Player. He’s also an emerging fiction writer, with a Bachelor of Arts with Media & Writing and English majors. His coverage ranges from news to feature interviews to analysis of video games, literature, and sometimes wider industry trends and other media. His particular interest lies in narrative, so it should come as little surprise that his favorite genres include adventures and RPGs, though he’ll readily dabble in anything that sounds interesting.