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The Mortuary Assistant is getting an official movie adaptation

Are you excited to see this chilling indie horror title come to life on the big screen?

This morning, Dread XP and its parent company Epic Pictures Group announced they will make a live-action adaptation of indie horror game The Mortuary Assistant.

Helming the film’s production will be Jeremiah Kipp (Slapface), serving as both writer and director. In addition, Patrick Ewald will produce the film. Alongside Ewald are executive producer Ted Hentschke and co-producer Abbey Smith. Finally, the game’s original creator Brian Clarke will also provide oversight as an executive producer as well.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Kipp explained his process for penning the screenplay adaptation of the video game. He clarifies that his mission is to retain the core elements that make the game such a success in the horror genre. Specifically, he highlights The Mortuary Assistant’s unnerving intensity, minimalism and the vulnerability of its protagonist Rebecca Owens.

I want to retain the minimalist setting in and around the mortuary, the fascination with the process of embalming, and the nerve shredding terror of the gameplay. Rebecca Owens is a fascinating character, vulnerable because of a traumatic past and committed in her self-reliance. It has been a truly crazy ride living in Brian’s twisted world, and that’s the experience we want to give the viewer.

Jeremiah Kipp

Also speaking to Deadline, The Mortuary Assistant’s developer and founder of DarkStone Digital Brian Clarke emphasized his excitement for the movie adaptation.

It’s such a rare and exciting opportunity to have your work adapted into film. 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.

Brian Clarke

About The Mortuary Assistant

The Mortuary Assistant
Good luck sleeping tonight

Although the movie is quite a way’s off, you can play the intensely creepy survival horror game today. Developed singularly by Clarke, The Mortuary Assistant puts you right into the world’s most haunted funeral home. In the game, you play as an apprentice mortician, who while performing a routine embalming, discovers a demonic presence amongst the dead. However, be warned as each individual playthrough brings new scares and dangers along the way.

The Mortuary Assistant trailer

The Mortuary Assistant launched on August 2, and you can buy it today on Steam.

Are you excited to see a film adaptation for this horrifying game? As always, let us know what you think in the comments!

Via Deadline

Sam Fronsman

A writer with a love for video games, both new and old. A collector of games, CDs and DVDs. Can sometimes be found behind a camera or playing guitar. The X-Men games for SEGA Genesis will always hold great memories.
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