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Development on Gears of War Movie Coming to a Halt Again?

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April 6, 2010
Source: LA Times

Gears of War

We've been hearing small updates here and there for the past couple years on the development of a Gears of War movie. There hasn't been any major news on the project for some time, and last we knew, director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) was still helming the project. However, LA Times' 24 Frames has discovered the development on the film has slowed to a crawl as the film's story and budget have been scaled back significantly, and Wiseman is instead giving his full attention to the apocalyptic mystery film Nocturne instead. Though technically the director is still attached, it looks like this will be the end of his involvement.

Along with Wiseman's departure, any chance of Kate Beckinsale's involvement (which has been mentioned before) will probably go right along with him. Sadly, this isn't the only change that will leave the Gears of War movie in shambles, as what was once a $100 million budget has been cut by a large percentage and the story has been turned into a typical invasion story as opposed to a huge, epic battle. Sad news for fans of the video game who were looking forward to a respectable adaptation, but with no video game ever getting a quality adaptation (no, not even Prince of Persia), perhaps it's for the better. Maybe the project will find new life with a different director down the road, but only time will tell. Who should direct this instead?

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  • Xerxex
    I'd rather them take their sweet time on this, don't rush it. oh and get Nick Chinlund for Marcus Fenix.
  • Janny
    i'd argue that the Street Fighter 2: the animated movie was a quality film adaptation of a videogame but i don't see how one would make this movie cheaply... judging what district 9 was able to do for 30 million a 100 mil budget for this is respectable... but cut down 'significantly' it would struggle
  • DiR3cT
    Len Wiseman should just retire.
  • tra la la la la di da
    YEA!!!!
  • diazoesp
    Yea I agree they should take their time. But not tooo long cause it will its momentum. They should realized if they make a really good movie, they will make a profit!
  • David
    Michael Bay!!!!! I kid I kid. What about Sly Stallone? You take the cast of The Expendables give them futuristic armor and some aliens to fight and you got Gears of War!
  • Josh
    this is bull shit man. they need to get the people who did the Lord of the Rings Trilogies and f*^kin make this happen (cgi wise). get whoever it was who directed "The Dark Knight" to direct and i guarentee this movie will surpass Avatar. I want to see epic scenes that will blow people away. i want to see nasty hordes of monsters and lots of blood and guts and gritty no holds bar terror. they did it in the video game lets see an R rated film with some substance and none of that pussy ( o well we probably should tone this down and maybe not show that because.... blah blah blah). I'd like to see this bitch start out like a fun happy day. maybe follow a gleeful family for about two or three minutes untill the dad gets stomped on by a brumak the mom torn apart by a berserker and just wen you think the kids are safe, one of those exploding arrows lands next to their feet. haha success.
  • subcelsious
    history repeats itself yet again
  • meatcarnage
    This is a good game! But the story is shit. This shit should NEVER be a movie.
  • Agree with #9. Seriously, this project is better off not seeing the light of day. Half the reason game-to-movie adaptations suck so much is because the dunceheads at the studios pick games that have nothing to offer the silver screen. Gears of War does a lot for people as a game, but would do nothing for people as a movie. Trust me.
  • FilmsterSalty
    I completely agree with number 7 that guy fucken tells the truth and nothing but.... lol
  • dahmer
    CAIN VELASQUEZ, as dominic santiago
  • SlashBeast
    Consider this a mercy kill. As a game, Gear of War is good, but when you bring it to the big screen the derivativeness of it's story becomes evident. Something that both fans and executives don't seem to realize is that adapting most video games is a fairly bad idea, because most games, even the best ones, are hugely derivative of cinema and other forms. What made Hitman work in game form, for example, makes it look like a direct-to-video John Woo knock-off when transposed to the big screen. When someone can work out how to adapt one of the more original game properties, like Shadow of the Colossus or Bioshock then my interest will prick up, but I won't mourn the passing of yet another Aliens/Starship Troopers wannabee.
  • Oldren
    for the role of Marcus is a good choice Dominic Purcel or Gerald Butler, for Dom it's ok Frankie G, for Baird it's a good option Ryan Reynolds or Sam Worthington, for Kim it's fine Jason Scott Lee and for Cole Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson for the director Ridley Scott or Peter Jackson
  • joe
    "Len Wiseman should just retire." Why? He directed the Hawaii Five-O pilot, which is getting incredible early buzz, and he has 3 other projects on his plate. His last film received very good critical reception and made a ton of money for the studio. He's not to blame for this film going bye-bye. The studio has fucked this film. As for Kate Beckinsale, stop spreading idiotic rumors. Kate Beckinsale was never attached to this project at all. The media and internet websites and blogs spread the rumor that she would be in the film because her husband was directing.
  • Carl jackson
    I think that for the role of Marcus is a good choice Dominic Purcel or Gerald Butler, for Dom Cain Velesqueaz for Baird Ryan Reynolds For Kim Jason Scott Lee and for the COLE TRAIN!!! Lester Speight

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