‘Gears of War’ Movie Lands New Producer, Script in the Works

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Gears of War Movie Gears of War Movie Lands New Producer, Script in the Works

A live-action adaptation of Epic Games’ Gears of War franchise may still be a long way off, but it’s now resting in a new set of creative hands. A few months ago we reported that the rights to the Gears property were set to expire at New Line, and both Epic and screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Australia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) were shopping it around.

Now it looks like a deal has been made and the Locust might make a big screen appearance after all, as producer Scott Stuber has acquired the rights from numerous suitors and is moving forward with a script.

Variety has the details, claiming that Stuber closed the deal with his company Bluegrass Films on board to produce, and a first-look deal in place with Universal once the project is further along. No word yet on whether Beattie’s script will be used, who will direct, or when development will begin, but early word is that Stuber will be working with Epic in developing a script – a notably different company, now that the series’ creative director Cliff Bleszinski and studio mainstay Rod Fergusson have left.

Gears of War Movie New Producer Script Gears of War Movie Lands New Producer, Script in the Works

The news comes years after word of a live-action feature film in the Gears of War universe first surfaced, with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) attached to direct a script written by Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast & Furious). Those names seem right at home in the ‘video game adaptation’ genre, but for anyone hoping to see one of the most influential game franchises in the past decade adapted with a bit more care, it wasn’t exactly a dream come true.

Of course, that incarnation of the project was canceled years ago. And while many fans would likely scoff at the idea of any Gears of War movie managing to be a satisfying or well-crafted film – the game series itself embodies the sci-fi/dude-bro/space marine trope better than any other – we would warn that strong stories have cropped up in the franchise’s extended universe, both inside the games and beyond them. The main writer deserving credit for that feat is author Karen Traviss, whose writing career reads like a geek’s bookshelf.

Gears of War Movie Deal Gears of War Movie Lands New Producer, Script in the Works

As the mind behind the “Star Wars Republic Commando” novels and contributor to the “Legacy of the Force” series (both storylines we’d like to see adapted by Disney), Traviss made such an impact with her Gears of War prequel novels, Epic Games soon brought her on to write the final game in their trilogy. After that, it wasn’t long before Halo came calling, signing Traviss to yet another novel deal.

Needless to say, while the idea of a Gears of War movie following a different story than the games may have turned us off years ago, we’re not as inclined to write off the proposition anymore. Hopefully, Scott Stuber isn’t either, even if the writer he’ll be seeking out to work on a new script has yet to be revealed. He’s worked with a few notable names in recent years, so that announcement could very well be the next sign of which direction the project is headed.

What do you think of this new development in the Gears of War movie story? Does it buoy your hopes for a worthwhile adaptation, or are you skeptical until given something more substantial? Sound off in the comments.


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Source: Variety

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  1. If done correctly this can be an awesome film franchise!!!

  2. Gears of War can the Iron Man of video game films, you never know.

  3. I hope Karen Traviss is kept away from the movie then because a majority of fans (myself included) felt that her one and only attempt at writing a story for a game in the series rather than a spin off book was weak, flat and pretty poor.

    The RAAM’s Shadow DLC chapter was written better than the main campaign was (with the main campaign feeling like a poor man’s Bond knock off that saw countless cliches piled into the plot, various locations that only seemed to exist to show off the graphics rather than enhance what was happening on screen and questions from previous games never answered).

    Hell, I’ve heard a lot of Halo fans complaining about Karen’s books not being up to scratch too.

    I wouldn’t mind something around E-Day or The Battle of Anvil Gate or something that takes place during the same timeframe as the games but without featuring characters from the videogame plots.

    • I looooove Karen Traviss’ work on the Gears series. I doubt she’d have any involvement in the movie whatsoever but I wouldn’t complain if she did.

    • Yes I felt that RAAM’s Shadow was pretty awesome so was the last chapter in the Trilogy!

    • The Gears of War novels were great and added a lot of depth to the game experience. Her Kilo-5 trilogy for Halo has been one of the most exciting and entertaining stories from that universe (essentially Star Trek-style Halo), so I’m a big fan at least. Haven’t heard the negative press you’re talking about.

      • Well said Taasden. If you only played the games you were really only getting about 1/3 of the story. You needed to read the novels as well to see the bigger picture. Heck, lots of stuff in Gears 3 would make absolutely no sense to someone who hadn’t read Jacinto’s Remnant.

  4. I have high hopes for this. The game’s story and feel was what drew me in the most, not just the shooting. It could totally work as a movie if they stay true to the feel of the games.

  5. I liked the story of the game. Ive only played the first one though. Haven’t played many video games since. But in regards to the characters of the games… I mean… Not even The Rock is as large as these men are. They all look like they weigh 300+ lbs. So casting for these guys is going to be kind of hard. Unless we go for a more trimmed down bunch.

    And I know Ill get crap for saying that but you have to stay SOMEWHAT close to source. I know Jackman is much taller than Wolverine and blah blah but these guys are LARGER THAN LIFE.

    • Thats what I was thinking. I could see Hugh Jackman in this kind of role, besides he kind of looks like him in the picture above

      • Um no he doesnt. Also the Gears 1, Judgement and RAAMs Shadow had the best visuals for the look of the movie.

  6. My fear as all video gamers have, is that severe COMPROMISE will happen because the Universal big-shots will literally interfere. My case: Super Mario Bros. need I say more? If this happens, another opportunity for Hollywood to step up will be squandered, millions wasted, and fans will be bitter AGAIN at what the fools in Hollywood have raped. Stephen King’s books to movie experience also comes to mind. We shall see, or if they continue the silly-ass politicking, we may not see until I’m dead… Being 60, that is a distinct possibility.

  7. Casting for this would be so fun. Obviously Dave Batista for the lead, supported by Idris Alba hell throw Arnold in there, he can stay in a suit the whole time you wont have to worry about his older looking body, just head shots, lots of cigars.

    • Actually he could play Hoffman lol

    • You’re going to need the entire cast of the Expendables just to kind even somewhat close to the size of the characters.

  8. Independent motion picture suppliers are showing the fact that the big studios don’t will be the only judges of the things the general public want. Whenever you add to that distribution on the web, news reports, online sites, from rumor to complete motion pictures. It’s really a totally new environment. Some of it really good, some not.