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John Carpenter is a living legend of the horror world. Though not responsible for inventing the slasher subgenre, his 1978 opus 'Halloween' is a revered classic that in fact jump-started the American slasher craze. He's also responsible for such treasured genre films as 'The Thing,' 'Escape from New York,' 'Big Trouble in Little China,' 'The Fog,' and 'They Live.' You may know his films, but you may not know that John Carpenter is also a hardcore gamer. During a recent interview with IGN, Carpenter expressed an interest in combining his passions for filmmaking and videogames. He mentioned that he would like to direct a big screen version of EA's 'Dead Space.' Here's what he had to say...
"I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. You know it's great. 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."
Here's the problem with this scenario, it is not currently 1982. I love John Carpenter, he is one of my all time favorite directors. I mean, how could you not love his run of films from 1978-1988? We're talking about the best of the best of geeky cinematic triumphs. However, much as I respect and admire the guy, any Carpenter fan will tell you that there came a marked point at which Carpenter starting losing his touch. Right after 'In The Mouth of Madness,' which is the greatest H.P. Lovecraft film adaptation despite not actually being an adaptation of any specific Lovecraft story, Carpenter entered a nosedive of astoundingly bad movies from which he has never recovered. So for the sake of the 'Dead Space' movie, which I agree could be really cool, I can't in good conscience support Carpenter's bid for the job. Luckily, no studio is offering him the gig. In fact, has there even been a discussion about turning the sci-fi/horror game into a movie in the first place?
What do you guys think? Do you agree or disagree that Carpenter would be ill-suited to the task of directing a 'Dead Space' movie? Who would you hire?