D.J. Caruso has been hired to direct a live action feature film adaptation of Electronic Arts’ hit video game Dead Space, reports Variety.
Dead Space is set in deep space during the 26th century. If tells the story of an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship only to find the ship infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs. The creatures are human corpses, reanimated by an alien virus.
Electronic Arts launched the game in 2008 and is working on the second and third installments.
D.J. Caruso’s previous directing credits include Eagle Eye, Disturbia and Taking Lives.
EA will produce the film with Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
The film doesn’t have a script yet however EA and Caruso have reportedly been taking pitches from prospective screenwriters.
Want a good idea as to the kind of sci-fi horror to expect from Dead Space? Then watch the trailer to Dead Space Downfall, an animated movie designed as a back story to EA’s Deadspace video game (which incidentally features the voice of Babylon 5’s Bruce Boxleitner):
Dead Space is tentatively scheduled for release sometime in 2010.