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'Gears of War' in Motion Again with Script by 'I, Frankenstein' Writer

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October 9, 2012
Source: Variety

Gears of War

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
    I'll be hoping for the best, I'm a big fan of the games, and I was lucky enough to read the original script Beattie did for this film...and it was certainly an excellent place to start from. Very true to the mythology, spirit, and characters of the game.
    • Antonio
      Where did you read the original script? I would love to read it and see what his version was. I am also a huge fan of Gears, I don't like Halo much, I was glad it never got made.
  • Bob
    Michael Bay is the best for " Gears of War"
    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
      No, no, and no
  • DAVIDPD
    Michael Bay or the late Tony Scott would have made a KICKASS GEARS OF WAR film.
    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
      Bay directs action in a far too congested way and his movies have no soul, everything is turned into a joke or an attempt at a funny moment in Bay's films.
  • me
    Breck Eisner for the director
  • I am Jacks DVD collection
    Michael Bay would be a terrible choice, you wouldn't be able to see what the hell was going on half the time. Give the gig to Neill Blomkamp to make up for letting him down on the Halo movie.
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      Blomkamp turned down the Halo film after District 9 came out and was huge.
    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
      After seeing District-9, the first thing that came to my mind was that he would be terrible for a Halo movie, but PERFECT for a Gears of War movie. Look at how he filmed District 9, now look at the visual style of the Halo games and the cutscenes, then look at the visual style of Gears of War, and how it does it's cut scenes(specifically in the first game)....Blomkamp would be PERFECT for the type of violent and overly gritty world of Gears of War...bringing that mentality to Halo would ruin it.
  • I am Jacks DVD collection
    No, BlomKamp had done 6 months prep on Halo and the studio pulled the plug. Peter Jackson then gave him the chance to turn his short film into District 9 to make up for being let down on Halo

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