Friday, March 21, 2008

EA and Starz Explore "Dead Space"...

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Electronic Arts Inc. and Starz Media will develop an animated movie prequel to the sci-fi survival horror game "Dead Space."

The script for the "Dead Space" animated feature picks up where the original comic book series ends and leads up to the beginning of the "Dead Space" game, focusing on events aboard futuristic mining spaceship 'USG Ishimura', after it pulls a mysterious artifact from a remote dig site. The artifact triggers the sudden invasion of a long-dormant alien presence with the Ishimura's crewmembers finding themselves locked in a frantic struggle to survive.

Starz Media is currently in discussions with broadcasters worldwide that have already expressed interest in airing "Dead Space," which is scheduled to be released via broadcast TV and then on DVD. The company will launch international sales of the animated feature at the upcoming MIP-TV market in Cannes, France. Starz Media will also market the movie through its home entertainment company Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as via online and wireless distributors.

The deal with Starz Media and its animation unit Film Roman reflects EA's growing commitment to developing filmed entertainment projects based on the company's games.

"Due to the richness and complexity of stories that have evolved for video games, they have become a type of entertainment that can span generations and provide fantastic inspiration for other forms of media; especially in the realm of animated features," Film Roman President and COO Scott Greenberg said. "We're particularly thrilled to be starting off with 'Dead Space.'"

Film Roman is producing "Dead Space" in alliance with Digital Tetra Inc., in Korea. The Gotham Group of Los Angeles, a leading animation representation company, helped put the production arrangement together.