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Writer Chris Morgan Talks Locusts in the Gears of War Movie

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October 30, 2008
Source: MTV

Locust Horde

If you can remember back to November of 2006, when Gears of War first hit shelves, Microsoft used the "Emergence Day" story as their biggest marketing hook - and it worked very well. In the game, "Emergence Day" was the day the Locust Horde invaded from underground, attacking major cities and starting the war between the COG and the Locusts. Well, that story is going to be an integral part of the Gears of War movie currently in the works at Warner Brothers, or so we hope. MTV caught up with screenwriter Chris Morgan, who recently turned in a final draft of the script to Epic Games for approval. "Look outside at your city and imagine that the Locust started rising -- that's how I want it to feel," Morgan explains.

Berserker"There are elements to it that can be considered a prequel, but it's not a prequel as far as I'm concerned." The story obviously focuses on Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago, two of the main characters from the game who fight for the COG (aka Coalition of Ordered Governments). "I would not be interested in the movie if we weren't dealing with them. I want to see those guys. I want to see 'Emergence Day.' I want to see this stuff happen," Morgan says. He also confirms that the Locusts will be present, which is a very good thing, including even Corpsers, Seeders, and Berserkers (like this crazy guy to the right). "If I have anything to do with it, you absolutely will [see them]. And I do, so the answer is yes." But beyond that, everything else is being kept under wraps.

Just imagining all the baddies from the game appearing on the big screen is quite exciting. "Not only do you have an army of enemy forces, but where we have tanks and everything else, they have these creatures." Although Morgan is writing all this into the script, it will come down to seeing how well director Len Wiseman can actually pull it off. "In [Wiseman's] mind, he wants to make it as realistic as possible and to blur those lines where your mind says, 'oh, it's a big CGI film.'" One of the ways he's going to achieve that is step away from shooting this as "all-green-screen, all-CGI" and instead using CGI effects only for scenes with the Locust and "the big stuff," which sounds an awful lot like McG's plans for Terminator Salvation.

Based solely on this update from Chris Morgan, I'm certifiably more excited for the Gears of War movie than I have ever been for any video game movie (except Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia). I guess the big question still looming overhead is whether Gears of War will indeed be one of the movies that finally breaks the video game mold, because obviously Max Payne didn't. If Morgan stays true to his word and if Warner Brothers gives Wiseman the budge he needs to pull off something as epic as the game itself, I could see it happening. Until we hear more updates on this, though, we'll be playing through Gears of War 2 as Marcus and Dom head down underground to bring the fight to the Locusts themselves.

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  • TBone
    Cant wait to see how they pull this off...hopefully the special effects are awesome and not cheesy.
  • Dusty
    yeah... I hope they pull it off... love the game... but honestly, I shouldn't be, but I am concerned about Wiseman directing. I hope Morgan gives him a strong story so Wiseman doesn't feel the need to embellish upon the story lines
  • Reaper
    i want to see who is playing marcus and Dom.
  • Telepod
    Awesome game. Will be a cool movie.
  • safichan
    Alex...can you name me any video game movie that comes out really good in our life time? if you ask me the same question, my humble answer is gonna be "NONE" and each of them are TOTALLY SUCKS. so...dont expect something huge from this news...coz Gears of War will turn out to be the same as others...
  • Peloquin
    I'm hoping the Halo movie breaks the video game curse...I heard the script for that is amazing...
  • Primo!
    I can't wait for this movie to come out. I think with the story-line and the character in the game they have alot to work with. Now to only find characters as huge as Marcus and Dom that can actually act lol thats the real task. And to comment on #5, there is one video game movie that stands out in my mind and thats Silent Hill...granted it may have not followed the story-line to the T but it was down very well...with good acting and great special effects...and you cant tell me you did get chill when you saw the Crimson Pyramid rip that chicks skin off...that was a great scene... And could anybody agree with me on a Devil May Cry Movie? I know its big and it would be hard but I would love to see Dante on the big screen
  • dac_fan
    BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Frost
    I'll believe it when I see it. After watching Live Free Or Die Hard, I think that Len Wiseman has got what it takes to pull off a hardcore action franchise like Gears. And just to be the know-it all douche in the forums for a bit (or the guy who thinks he's a know-it-all douche), Berserkers are actually considered female. Or at least according to Baird they are. Need proof? Just watch this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4G1DDtSgZM
  • Ryan
    You guys do know Gear Of War has about no story,is about macho men who say cheesy lines all the time, wear unrealistic armor, and the most un tactical firearms ever? Realistic and keep it close to the game? Seriously. Is he stupid? Take away the things i mention and the movie might be good. But then it wouldnt be close to the boring game =/
  • The Rambler
    I have read the treatment and it is 26 pages of pure garbage, no thanks to Len Wisemen. Hopefully the re-writes that are in the works will make things better.
  • Jason King
    Its going to be like any other video game movie its going to suck i have played the game and loved it why wreck a good thing?
  • i would write the screenplay instead of that chris guy, and then you will see how my draft is the perfect match for the story.

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