Electronic Arts today unveiled an animated movie prequel to its sci-fi survival-horror shooter Dead Space, which ships for PS3 and Xbox 360 this Halloween.
The Dead Space animated movie will be produced by Starz Media. EA and Starz Media also announced that they are working on animation projects for two other EA franchises. Neither company revealed which franchises are getting the animated movie treatment.
The script for the Dead Space animated feature picks up the plot where the original comic book series ends and leads up to the beginning of the Dead Space game. The story focuses on the events aboard a futuristic mining spaceship, the 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, and the Ishimuraâ€™s crewmembers find themselves locked in a frantic struggle to survive..
The animated feature is slated to premiere on Halloween, the same time the game ships for PS3 and Xbox 360. Don’t look for the film in theaters, though; Dead Space (the animated film) is scheduled to be released via broadcast TV and then on DVD.
Starz Media will also market the movie through Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as via online and wireless distributors. Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network, anyone?
Film Roman is producing the Dead Space animated film in alliance with Digital Tetra Inc. The Gotham Group helped put the production arrangement together.