Rumor: Director for Gears of War and Escape from New York
Just like the Justice League of America rumor we ran yesterday, this is a rumor you'll want to hear. Our friends at IESB.net have discovered what may likely be the director who will end up being signed to two of this decade's biggest upcoming films: Gears of War and the Escape from New York remake (both under New Line Cinema). Here's a few hints: he's married to the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale and he just directed Live Free or Die Hard - can you guess it?
Yep, IESB.net claims that Len Wiseman, whose credits are only the two Underworld films and Live Free or Die Hard, may direct BOTH of the films.
The Gears of War film made news back in mid-March when it was announced, based largely on the immense success of the video game on the Xbox 360. Since the Halo movie has been put on hold until further notice, every video game fan out there is patiently awaiting a good video game live action adaptation that isn't directed by Uwe Boll. Maybe Gears of War will be it, and maybe Wiseman is the perfect choice after putting together an action-filled Die Hard.
Along the same lines, the announcement of an Escape from New York remake starring none other than Gerard Butler hit huge back in mid-March as well. Although the fans loathed more than praised this announcement (everyone is tired of more sequels and remakes), it is still big news and will still be a massive release once the film hits theaters.
Both films are currently slated for a 2009 release, but pre-production has barely begun on either of them. IESB seems to be confident in the source, but until we see an official announcement (which might not be until quite some time), this is just a fun rumor to mull over and kick around.