Is The Mortuary Assistant getting a movie?
After initially launching just weeks ago on Aug. 2, The Mortuary Assistant has wasted little time becoming a hit on PC. As such, it is perhaps no surprise that there are rumblings that the trending supernatural, first-person horror game could soon be approaching new horizons. Here's a breakdown of whether or not The Mortuary Assistant is getting its own movie.
Is The Mortuary Assistant Getting a Movie?
A live-action feature film adaption of The Mortuary Assistant is indeed in pre-production.
The announcement was made by publisher DreadXP and its parent company Epic Pictures Group on Thursday.
The Mortuary Assistant film adaptation will be written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp (Slapface, Black Wake, Draw Up & Stare, Broken Bridges, The Sadist).
"There's a quiet, unnerving intensity to The Mortuary Assistant that creeps into the player, creating a sense that something terrible could happen at any moment," Kipp said in a press release. "Writing the adaptation, I wanted to celebrate all of the game that terrified me as well as create a companion piece to it — honoring the dense creepy world developer Brian Clarke made and translating it into the visual storytelling and character-driven horror of narrative filmmaking."
The Mortuary Assistant creator and DarkStone Digital developer, Brian Clarke, will executive produce for the film as well.
"It’s such a rare and exciting opportunity to have your work adapted into film," Clarke said in a press release. "It’s certainly something I never imagined would happen to me when I started developing the game two years ago. Movies have always been the main inspiration for the style of my games. I’m always trying to create story, dialogue and moments that feel filmic, so an opportunity to bring this project full circle is making a dream of mine a reality."
Patrick Ewald, CEO of Epic Pictures Group, is said to also be producing the film for the game, which DreadXP announced has archived a top-10 streamed games spot on Twitch, become a Top Seller on Steam and garnered over tens of millions of views in YouTube let's plays.
"The incredible reception to The Mortuary Assistant has cemented it as one of DreadXP’s most successful games to date," Ewald said in a press release. "The world Brian Clarke created is rich with lore and the perfect subject to expand upon with a live-action feature film. DreadXP’s parent company Epic Pictures Group is already in a prime position to make that happen, having financed, produced and distributed over 100 films over the past 15 years."
Casting for the film will be announced in the future.
Here is the official synopsis for The Mortuary Assistant:
Mortician Rebecca Owens thinks her first night on the job will be embalming a surplus of corpses, but she soon learns a sinister presence resides at River Fields Mortuary. As the dead awaken and malevolent spirits bind themselves to her, Rebecca has to learn how to combat the demons (including the figurative demons of her past) and survive the night.