While I’ve grown tired of the “Gears of War” games, I’d do just about anything to see the unworldly battle shift from my Xbox to the multiplex.
According to Variety there’s a (small) bit of movement as Scott Stuber is coming on produce a film adaptation of Gears of War and begin developing the script with the videogame company Epic. Unfortunately, this announcement feels a bit premature as no talent or writer are attached at this time. In fact, it could sink alongside BioShock as quickly as this announcement…
In the videogame, “the story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in their fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from underneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.”
The game was first released in 2006 and has since spawned two other installments and sold close to 18 million units.
Says the site, Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal but as of right now mo distributor is attached. Both parties will begin taking it out to studios. So at least there’s some movement.
New Line originally picked up the rights in 2007 tasking Stuart Beattie to adapt the script and Len Wiseman to direct, which thankfully never happened. When creative differences between the studio and Epic Games, the company that created the original game, could not be met, New Line let the property go and it has since been looking for a new home.