'Gears of War' in Motion Again with Script by 'I, Frankenstein' Writer
An adaptation of a Halo movie with Peter Jackson involved was once a hot commodity, but the project completely fell apart. Coincidentally enough, Peter Jackson is now being mentioned in the same breath as another video game adaptation. Variety reports New Line is concentrating on the director's three-film adaptation of The Hobbit, and they have now put their adaptation of Epic Games' Gears of War into turnaround for another studio to pick up. The project has been in development since 2007 getting as far as attaching Len Wiseman to direct until budget concerns stopped the adaptation dead in its tracks. Read on!
Creative Artists Agency is currently putting together a package that includes a new version of the screenplay from Stuart Beattie, who wrote the forthcoming I, Frankenstein and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Over the next few weeks the agency will take the project around to various producers to try and get the adaptation off the ground again. A big screen take on the video game series is a no-brainer with three best-selling games already on shelves and a fourth installment coming next year, exclusively on Xbox 360.
Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad, specifically the character of Marcus Fenix, as they fight to save Sera's inhabitants. Epic will consult on the project to keep all the mythology, which includes books along with the games, in check. We'll see if another studio can get this project off the ground, but video game movies are always tricky, and take a lot of effort to get fans excited. Stay tuned.