Dead Space's alien monsters lurch to the big screen

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Director D.J. Caruso has been signed to turn the hit video game Dead Space into a big-screen sci-fi/horror film, Variety reported.

The Electronic Arts game is set in the 26th century in deep space, where an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship finds the vessel infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs. The creatures are human corpses, reanimated by an alien virus.

Caruso (Eagle Eye) and producers Electronic Arts and Temple Hill have been listening to pitches from prospective screenwriters, and once they decide on a writer and EA signs off on a creative direction, they will auction the property to studios. That will likely happen in early September.