‘Dead Space’, ‘Shadow of the Colossus’, and ‘Deus Ex’ Movie Updates

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 8th, 2014 at 4:49 pm,

Dead Space Deus Ex Movie Updates

Despite a few successes peppered over the course of several decades, the general consensus is that video game movies are not only a risky proposition for studios, but most of them are lacking in quality. However, we might be in the midst of a changing of the guard, so to speak, as game developers take a more hands-on role in video game movie development (a la Marvel Comics).

To that point, a panel was held at Comic-Con 2013 to talk about what could soon become “the Golden Age of video game movies,” as several projects with above average profiles are slated for the next few years.

On hand for the panel were Deus Ex: Human Revolution screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li writer Justin Marks, Blur Studio’s Tim Miller, Producer Adrian Askarieh, EA Entertainment VP Patrick O’Brien, and Mortal Kombat: Legacy Director Kevin Tancharoen — a group that is well equipped to talk about video game movies past, present, and future.

While the panel didn’t feature anything too revelatory, besides an update on Cargill’s approach to adapting Deus Ex, it was an interesting look into the process of developing video game movies. Patrick O’Brien was perhaps the most candid about the process, and it makes sense considering he has two movies (Dead Space and Need for Speed) in active development.

Deus Ex Human Revolution Movie Update

To put it simply, O’Brien believes the best way to get a video game done is to get the film started at the publisher that owns the IP first, then try to shop it around to movie studios. That’s what EA did with Need for Speed and it’s what they are doing with Dead Space.

Speaking of Dead Space, Justin Marks, who at one point was working on the script for that adaptation, revealed that the movie explored the idea of losing Isaac Clarke as the protagonist. Thankfully, that idea was scrapped somewhere along the line, and now Isaac Clarke is back in the spotlight.

The rest of the panel was dedicated to off-hand movie development discussions without much in the way of concrete details. The only somewhat juicy tidbit we learned was in regards to the Shadow of the Colossus movie that is in development.

Shadow of the Colossus Movie Update

As Justin Marks explained, the Shadow of the Colossus film will pare the eponymous hulking creatures down to 3 or maybe even 1. While fans would likely want to see the game lifted whole cloth, seeing 16 consecutive colossi battles might have been exhausting.

Overall, the panel was focused on the potential of video game movies rather than showing any footage. However, if you are looking forward to either the Shadow of the Colossus or Dead Space movies, there are a few reasons to be excited.

And it’s important to mention that although they were invited, Ubisoft didn’t make the panel. So unfortunately, we don’t have any additional information about the Assassin’s Creed movie.

With so many in development, which of the many video game movies are you most looking forward to?

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TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Dead Space, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Need for Speed, Shadow Of The Colossus, Ubisoft

  • CrowMagnumMan

    I actually kind of like the idea of losing Isaac Clarke as the protagonist for a Dead Space movie. I already like Gunner Wright quite a bit in the role. Going with a different main character, or even a totally different story set in the same universe, seems like a better way to go about it. Make it more of a companion piece so they don’t conflict with each other.

  • Shalkowski

    I don’t think a Shadow of the Colossus movie would be very good.

    • Dormin

      Are you insane?

  • Marissa

    I think the Shadow of the Colossus movie has some potential. It could definitely answer some questions regarding the characters. As for it being lessened to 1 or 3 colossi that’s probably a good choice. I just hope they choose one of the more exciting giants or create one that we haven’t seen before. Really hoping they pull it off.

  • fanofgames

    Never even heard of shadows of the colossus lol

    • Shalkowski

      Your name is Fanofgames and you’ve never heard of Shadow of the Colossus? Wow. I think it’s time for a new user name haha

    • Dormin

      How could you never have heard of SotC? It is one of the greatest video games of all time.

  • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

    Shadow of the Collosus was amazing, and the HD rerelease for PS3 is sublime. Just finished it again, and I can easily see a very moving and epic film possibility. The understated presentation of color and dialogue, etc lends itself to being very artsy and beautiful. The end of the game (no spoilers) is one of the most stunning and unsettlingly dense with meaning conclusions I have ever seen. (You can google it, but there isn’t much point if you haven’t experienced the game, since you aren’t invested in your actions and journey.).

    I would be dissapointed with less than 3 collossi, as that would seem the minimum for representing the variety at all. Top examples include the upright, long bearded behemoths on two legs, towering quadrupeds that’s must be toppled and journeyed across from end to end, winding sky serpents with air sacks to puncture before you can reach them and take flight, and a shaggy bird that glides beneath still waters.

    A whole trilogy might be built around the mythology and setting, but I agree that you can only put so many monsters into a film.

    • MurderCircus

      I agree at least 3 colossi are needed for this movie to work. I think Valus is a must as it’s the most recognizable colossus, and Malus has to be there because it’s Wanders final challenge. As for colossus in the middle It could be any. I personally would like Phalanx because it was just beautiful and it was a very peaceful colossus in that in never fought back, and it made me sad when I killed it.

  • Marcos

    If Gunner Wright is playing Isaac Clarke, I will literally lose my shit

  • KingOfGames

    If Carpenter comes on as director of Dead Space he would most likely want to revisit the stone village. if that happens I would love to see Jacob Temple’s side of the story. Imagine the movie ending with Jacob looking out at the doorway as it opens and seeing Isaac’s rig before taking a spike to his head.

    More info the Jacob Temple:

  • Violet

    NO! I can not let them ruin Shadow of the Colossus like this! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!