Gears of War Movie Update from Writer Chris Morgan

May 5, 2009
Source: MTV

Gears of War

Remember that Gears of War movie in development? Yep, it's still moving along quite well, even though we haven't heard much about it. MTV got in touch with screenwriter Chris Morgan for a brief update on the project. "A draft went in and we're talking about it now and we're budgeting it out… It's looking incredibly good." So far so good, let's just hope that budget doesn't start to worry New Line. In this rough economy, and with video game movies mostly still unscessful, I doubt they'd approve a bloated budget, as much as we'd all like to see one for Gears of War. But don't fear, Morgan promises it'll be "huge" anyway.

"I think the gamer side is going to be thrilled with it," Morgan told MTV. "All the stuff you want to see, we put that in there and then we blow it out a little more, even. Now it's just a matter of honing in on all of the character arcs and determining production types of things." Sounds good. And as for that bloated budget, what does he have to say about that? "One of the things they're really talking about now is the budget of the film and how big of a spectacle this is going to be. My argument is, look at the underlying material. Look at the game and the scenario — the fact that the world is being taken over by the Locust, it has to be huge."

So what does this mean for all of us? At least that Morgan is fighting the good fight and pushing for a bigger, better, and more epic Gears of War movie. As far as we know, Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman is still on-board to direct, whenever it does get a greenlight. As always, we'll keep you updated on this.

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Reader Feedback - 30 Comments


sounds sweet, get it done, and don't fuck it up!

xerxex on May 5, 2009



ju-on on May 5, 2009


I just have a bad felling about this. I don't want to see a PG-13 rating in this.

LeoJrob on May 5, 2009


Gonna be slapped with a 50 million dollar budget, and turn out like garbage.

Darunia on May 5, 2009


cautiously optimistic

Al on May 5, 2009


gears needs a big budget as its a big idea... i hope they pull it off so we finally have a good video game based movie to get behind and they start doing things right (and perhaps halo gets back on track) i am with #3 and hope it won't sell its soul for a wider audience with a pg13 rating... if they aren't gibbing and lancer-chainsawing hordes of locus then they ain't doing it right

Janny on May 5, 2009


This movie wouldn't be any good at all if we are to take this seriously. The story was unoriginal at best and the characters were comical. They just need to go towards a cult following with a ton of cheese loaded in both barrels.

L on May 5, 2009


Lost Planet had a great pitch, Warner Brothers was super excited, and then it needed a 150 million dollar budget, and boom back to the drawer. WB execs were all surprised at it, speaking to themselves "But i thought videogame adaptations were supposed to be cheap?".

Darunia on May 5, 2009


Horrible storyline for the game. I don't see how this could possibly be a good movie unless a fantastic writer adds a lot of material to the fantasy surrounding it

dqniel on May 5, 2009


Gears of War needs to be R-Rated and a high budget if we find out the budget for Gears of War going to be PG-13 and have a budget of 50 million then this movie will be a epic fail

movieboy on May 5, 2009



sumonesumtime on May 5, 2009


The story from the book: Gears of War (Aspho Fields) was a good story. But then again i still think of that PG-13 rating "Damn it!!

LeoJrob on May 5, 2009


What ever happen to the movie Live free or die hard? They where told to down grade the violence and make it a pg-13 movie....SAME DIRECTOR????? but then again he did "Underworld"

LeoJrob on May 5, 2009


I'm pretty sure they would be aiming for a "R" rating, I mean wasn't the sequel the most goriest game ever made? Or wasn't it banned in a couple countries? I could be wrong, probably am. But as I remember it was a bloody game. And extremly fun. Exciting to see what they do with this!

The_Phantom on May 5, 2009


Starship troopers meets saving private ryan. Thats how i see it should be made.

dre on May 5, 2009


blah... the game is the shit the movie.. will suck as every other one.. or wait will almost get it

badkarma5g on May 5, 2009


Nice! I'm glad this is coming along. I was actually wondering if this was still going to happen earlier today. This movie better be rated R so we see chainsaw duals and bodies cut in half. If not it will be a huge let down and they might as well not make it. The game is for mature audiences and so should the movie. We need cursing, chainsaws, reevers, and everything else that made the game great.

Dan W on May 5, 2009


Yeah like 18 said if its not R then I wont even bother watching a trailer for it...without the gore the whole gritty feel of it will be ruined. imagine a slowmo torgue bow shot or a chainsaw duel. Plus the story better not get fucked up either hope they capture that hopelessness feeling of the game. But I am not expecting anything special every fucking videogame movie to date has sucked balls and not followed the storyline. Also if it gets a low budget then they might aswell not try too because having corpsers and reavers,seeder, boomers and grubs your gonna need some serious MULAH!

Cody on May 5, 2009


#15 - If they made something like THAT, holy crap it would be awesome... But I have a feeling that kind of gritty style is more for projects like Battle: Los Angeles than this.

Alex Billington on May 5, 2009


yea i agree with alex-this is gonna turned into one of those godforsaken big CGI overdosed cluster**** of a blockbuster with little character development. remember DOOM? god i hop mankind learned from that.... dont get me wrong it'd be amazing if they had a more realistic gritty feel to it but i fear they're gonna try to polish and jazz it up too much. fingers crossed are though

Nick S. on May 6, 2009


Get the movie done please and don't screw it up,i loved the first game and the second game was simply awesome. Waiting eagerly for the movie and for the third game.

Fisherr on May 6, 2009


Rofl. Hollywood needs to take a hiatus from Super Hero movies and especially video game movies. We need more original stories merged with good directors. Things like District 9 etc.

JimD on May 6, 2009



Gears on May 6, 2009


How do you make a film for a game with no story? Make it mindless? I agree with #22, more originality, less silly films, please.

Movie Fan on May 6, 2009


Wow, not so many fans of the game in here are there? Well, I loved the game. If it gets a theater rating of PG-13 then they better release a unrated cut on DVD like the did for Live Free. Aspho Feilds would be a good plot. As would the first game.

Eric on May 9, 2009


gears fucking rocks! i don't expect the movie to live up to the game, but i hope it does. as for the assholes whining about originality... this is obviously for people who are fans and enjoyed the game, or those who enjoy this genre of movie. if u don't like superhero and video game movies don't watch them and stfu!

joe on May 27, 2009


I second that, LeoJrob. PG-13 would be BAD.

Hard-ass Critic on Jun 7, 2009


STOKED for it but i swear if they lower the rating and i dont get to see a locust get its head exploded from a sniper shot i'll be REALLY pissed!!!

mark on Jul 20, 2009


Yep, Rated-R, if not, the movie would lose the magic of the game!! Epic the fight between the Brumak and the Corpser... Though I lost the first try...

Guacho on Jul 22, 2009


I am positive that this will have an r rating. If it was pg-13 then no one would see it. Cliff wont let us down like that, i hope...for his own sake.

A. Carmine for life on Aug 4, 2009

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