Plans to turn Epic Games’ Gears of War into a film franchise are being revived.
In development at New Line since 2007, with Len Wiseman once attached to
helm ruin the adaptation, Variety reports that New Line Cinema has now put the military actioner into turnaround to focus instead on The Hobbit films. But with Gears having generated more than $1 billion in sales since the first game bowed in 2006, and a fourth set for release next year, Creative Artists Agency is eager to meet with producers in the coming weeks and set up the project elsewhere, the site has learned.
Twilight producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey were previously attached to the adaptation, while Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) penned the most recent version of the screenplay, which CAA is expected to turn to in its discussions. Chris Morgan and Billy Ray also had worked on Gears scripts.
Gears, with its strong visual style, revolves around muscle-bound human soldiers tasked with protecting the planet Sera from alien creatures known as the Locust Horde.