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Would You Let John Carpenter Direct A ‘Dead Space’ Movie?

John Carpenter likes a few simple things, two of which are the NBA and video games.

It’s not much of a secret, which is why the publicists and publishers for various games have hired the horror icon to do interviews surrounding their various releases – even when he has absolutely nothing to do with them. Out of said interviews comes all sorts of ridiculous non-news, like this hilarious gem.

Game Informer carried an interview with the director of Halloween, The Fog, In the Mouth of Madness and dozens of other classics, where they baited him into stating he’d love to direct a feature film adaptation of EA’s Dead Space.”

You know it’s great,” Carpenter told Game Informer in relation to the “Dead Space” franchise. “The first game was more – I guess it was like Alien – but not quite. It was a little different than that.

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.

I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.

Look, John Carpenter is one of my favorite horror directors, but The Ward is unwatchable trash. And you can’t blame it on modern filmmaking techniques as his 2001 Ghosts of Mars is even worse – and takes place in space. As much as I love old Carpenter, I’m going to share this massive LOL with you guys.

What do you think?

  • HalloweenShape31

    Yes, THE WARD is crap, but it was crap on the page before Carpenter ever touched it.

    The truth about Carpenter (and this coming from a true fan of his) is that he’s exhausted. The man is a brilliant talent who always had to fight through his entire career, and–Halloween aside–never got the credit or recognition that he deserved. Sure, he has that cult following now in retrospect, but that does little to help your career when your films continuously flop at the box office.

    I truly believe that Carpenter just doesn’t want to make films anymore. He’s done. He’s spent. It’s a lot of hard work, and why do all that work when you’re not going to be respected anyway? I think his work in THE WARD shows what would be in store for us if he continued to make films he wasn’t passionate about.

    All that being said, I think that Carpenter should only make a movie if he truly wants to. Make the film HE wants to make or don’t make it at all. If he’s passionate enough to make this film, then I believe he should. Whether or not a studio would allow him to make a film is an entirely different story, however.

    • dr.lamb

      Agreed. He is obviously a bitter man and he has every right to be. He really is the mistreated artist that Joss Whedon always claimed to be. He made “The Ward” solely for the money and I cannot be mad at him for doing so, looking at the way he was treated. If he really is sincere about his intent and assuming he has not lost his mojo, he shall make the film as a last huzzah, get a star at the walk of fame and maybe a honorary Oscar. Then he should be reconciled.

  • bambi_lives8980

    YES I would LOVE for this to happen. That could bring Carpenter back, for real. I’ve always thought about that, it must happen. I know he’s been in a slum recently but I know he could fuckin rock this movie.

  • Necromorph

    well anyone who has researched dead space in any capacity [other than the obvious visual likeness] knows that the thing had major influence on the necromorphs in dead space, therefore it only makes sense that john carpenter direct a dead space film, he would have the right vision for it

  • dirtyghettok

    Nope,, Richard Kelly for me..

    • dr.lamb

      Have you seen his last two movies ?

      • dirtyghettok

        Southland Tales will always be one of my favorite movies. So different and beautifuly unique, something few film makers dare try. Never been a fan of mainstream anything.

  • divisionbell

    John Carpenter from the 80s yes. John Carpenter now, no. I’d go with Alverez after his work on Evil Dead.

  • Canucklehead

    The question that should be asked is are the producers prepared to actually commit, both financially and intellectually to make the film? If so, hells ya I let Carpenter direct.

  • flesheater24

    I hope this becomes a reality, he is deft the go to man for this flick. And if it has the right writer’s it could be amazing. I say let this happen ASAP

  • STRIK9

    Stay outta space john and write something original yourself.’pro-life’ and ‘cigarette burns’ showed you can still hang in this day n age with the right material.

  • Aaron Emery

    Other than the small synopsis above I know nothing about ‘Dead Space’ but I say yes! It sounds like a suspenseful story that would be perfect for Carpenter. Yes he definitely has some bad movies, ‘Escape from L.A.’ ‘Village of the Damned’. I enjoyed ‘The Ward’ up until the end and I honestly don’t believe that it was a complete failure. ‘Ghosts of Mars’ well… lol.
    It’s not like he is the first director to have a few less-regarded entries in his entire filmography.

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