The Hollywood Reporter announced that EA and Starz Media are collaborating on producing an animated prequel film to EA’s new sci-fi horror game Dead Space.
The film being developed by Starz subsidiary Film Roman will pick up where the comic book series on which it is based ends and leads to the beginning of the game.
With the game, set for a Halloween launch, Film Roman president and COO Scott Greenberg said the company is looking to release the animated film between mid-September and late October, initially as a TV special in multiple markets, followed by a home video release through Starz’s home entertainment company, Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Starz will be looking to sell the animated video internationally at MIP-TV in Cannes next month. With the plan of screening the film in the TV market and direct-to-video, Starz is offering two versions of the film. A “softer” film will air on TV, while a harsher, more graphic version will be offered in the direct-to-video market.