EA and Starz enter Dead Space

Yesterday, Ubisoft announced it would leverage its just-purchased Tom Clancy license to become a player in the film-production business. One day later, its partial owner, Electronic Arts, announced that it too is getting into the film business. The second-biggest third-party publisher in the world...

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Yesterday, Ubisoft announced it would leverage its just-purchased Tom Clancy license to become a player in the film-production business. One day later, its partial owner, Electronic Arts, announced that it too is getting into the film business. The second-biggest third-party publisher in the world announced that it is partnering with Starz Media to adapt the internally developed sci-fi survival horror shooter Dead Space into an animated feature film.

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The Dead Space film will occupy the intervening period between the end of the recently announced comic-book series and the beginning of the game, and follows an Alien-esque plot about an exploratory mining spaceship stumbling across a dormant alien beacon in a remote area of outer space. The find sets off a chain of events that see a slumbering species reawakened, and the spaceship's crew struggling to escape the ancient ruins of the dig site with their lives.

Starz's internal studio Film Roman will be producing Dead Space. The production house is best known for its work on popular animated television series such as Fox's The Simpsons and King of the Hill. The film is expected to air on broadcast TV day and date with the game's launch on October 31, and a DVD release is slated to follow sometime thereafter. According to today's announcement, EA and Starz will be teaming up to adapt two other franchises into animated films.

Dead Space is in development at EA's Redwood Shores studio for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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