DreadXP and its parent company Epic Pictures Group announced today that a live-action feature film adaptation of the popular first-person supernatural horror video game The Mortuary Assistant is in pre-production from DreadXP and independent developer DarkStone Digital.
The mortician assistant tasks players with performing routine burial tasks while enduring increasingly bizarre and terrifying encounters with demonic beings. In order to survive, players must identify the correct demon and corpse to which they have bonded and exorcise them.
The film adaptation of Mortuary Assistant is written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp, whose credits include SLAPFACE (writer/director, available now on AMC+ and Shudder), DRAW UP AND STARE (director) with Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, the Chinese-American co- Produced by BROKEN BADGES (Director), the HP Lovecraft inspired BLACK WAKE (Writer/Director) and THE SADIST (Director) with Tom Savini. He is currently working on his latest feature film THE BOO HAG (Director), which filmed in Savannah, GA earlier this year, and DON’T PICK UP (Director), starring Keith David and Kathryn Erbe.
“The Mortuary Assistant has a quiet, unnerving intensity that creeps into the player and makes them feel like something terrible could happen at any moment,” said the film’s writer-director Jeremiah Kipp. “When I was writing the adaptation, I wanted to celebrate all of the game that terrified me while also creating a counterpart to it – honoring the dense spooky world developer Brian Clarke (DarkStone Digital) made and bringing it into visual storytelling and… translating the character-driven horror of narrative filmmaking.
He continued, “I want to keep the minimalist environment in and around the morgue, the allure of the embalming process, and the unnerving horror of the gameplay. Rebecca Owens is a fascinating character, vulnerable due to a traumatic past and committed to her independence. It’s been a really crazy ride living in Brian’s twisted world and that’s the experience we want to offer the viewer.”
“The incredible response to The Mortuary Assistant has made it one of DreadXP’s most successful games to date,” said Patrick Ewald, CEO of Epic Pictures Group. “The world Brian Clarke created is rich in lore and the perfect subject to expand on with a live-action feature film. DreadXP’s parent company, Epic Pictures Group, is already in an excellent position to make this happen, having financed, produced and distributed over 100 films over the last 15 years.”
“It is such a rare and exciting opportunity to have your work filmed. When I started developing the game two years ago, I never thought something like this would happen to me,” said Brian Clarke, creator of The Mortuary Assistant. “Movies have always been the main inspiration for the style of my games. I’m always trying to create stories, dialogues and moments that feel cinematic, so the opportunity to bring this project to completion is to make one of my dreams come true.”
Clarke continued, “These characters and their stories are extremely important and personal to me. I am honored to have people as talented as Jeremiah Kipp and dedication as Patrick Ewald, Ted Hentschke (Production Manager at DreadXP) and Abbey Smith (Co-Producer at DreadXP) to bring it all to life. Jeremiah is an incredibly gifted storyteller and I’m thrilled that he expands on The Mortuary Assistant in new and different ways. I want the adaptation to be a great film before anything else, and I know it’s in great hands. I am thrilled to work with such passionate people.”
Patrick Ewald will produce. Brian Clarke and Ted Hentschke will be executive producers. Abbey Smith will co-produce. Casting for the film will be announced in the future.
The Mortuary Assistant Summary:
Mortician Rebecca Owens thinks her first night on the job will be embalming a surplus of corpses, but she soon learns that a sinister presence resides in the River Fields morgue. As the dead awaken and malevolent spirits bind themselves to them, Rebecca must learn how to fight the demons (including the figurative demons of her past) and survive the night.