Gears of War Movie On Track for 2010
After initially announcing last March that the rights to a Gears of War movie had been obtained by New Line Cinema, we finally have a brief update today from producer Wyck Godfrey confirming that it's on track for a 2010 release. Godfrey spoke with ComingSoon over the weekend and confirmed that they're hoping to shoot early next year and aim for a release in the summer of 2010. If you remember previously, a rumor hit in October stating that the project was being canned due to "concerns with ballooning budget." However, it sounds like it's now getting back on track.
Although this quote is very short, it is at the least a recent update showing things are on track. Here is what Godfrey told ComingSoon:
"We've got our script on and a director we're about to attach. We'll hopefully make that early next year for the summer of 2010."
As was originally announced, the script was written by Stuart Beattie, who has penned screenplays for everything from the first Pirates of the Caribbean to Collateral to 30 Days of Night to the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. Also confirmed is that Cliff Bleszinski, aka CliffyB, the lead game designer for Gears of War and Epic Games, worked with Beattie on the original 21-page treatment. It's very likely that CliffyB, who is essentially the father of Gears of War, will be working closely with the production team throughout the entire process - which is a very good thing.
Gears of War is an incredibly popular Xbox 360 video game that has sold more than 3 million copies since its launch in November of 2006. The story focuses on a small group of ragtag soldiers being lead by Marcus Fenix who are fighting for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet.
I wish we had more to tell you about this project, but that's all there is for now. In addition to the Halo and Prince of Persia movies, Gears of War is one of the other big video game adaptations that I'm hoping will turn out incredible. The caliber of Beattie's work alone should prove to anyone that he is capable of pulling off something pretty awesome and not just another destined-to-flop video game flick. What it will really come down to is the director and whether he is capable of really turning it into something extraordinary.
Who would be the right director to turn Gears of War into a badass movie?