Finally a Right Move - New Line Making a Gears of War Movie
Although Halo is no longer in production for a film version, another incredibly popular franchise is - Gears of War! New Line Cinema has bought the feature rights to the Microsoft game for the Xbox 360, with Stuart Beattie (writer of Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean) attached to do the writing, but no director yet. It will be produced by the same guys and company behind other films such as The Nativity Story, Flight of the Phoenix, I, Robot, and Behind Enemy Lines.
For those unfamiliar, which I imagine is not that many given this is the 4th best selling US video game in 2006 in just 2 months, the story is about a world reeling from an invasion by aliens known as the Locust. A small group of elite soldiers, including the main character Marcus Fenix, who is rescued from prison at the beginning of the game, fight to retake the planet Sera for its surviving humans.
Anyone who is familiar with it knows there is a lot in it that could make for a great movie, or even a series of movies. They already even made a cinematical trailer for the game that was highly regarded by many and became one of the most successful advertising campaigns for the game. The movie is even off to a good start, with one of the Pirates of the Caribbean writers on it. What do you think - would Gears of War make for a good franchise and series of movies, or just one movie alone?