Story of Gears of War Movie Not Following Games?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

gears of war action Story of Gears of War Movie Not Following Games?

We’ve not heard too much about the anticipated live-action adaptation of the Gears of War video game franchise, but way back in February Screen Rant reported that Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) would be directing the Gears of War feature film and co-writing the screenplay alongside Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast & Furious).

Unfortunately, Wiseman also said he knows little about video games himself – A red flag considering all video game movies tend to fall short in quality because movie studios cannot/do not replicate and/or recognize the important parts of a video game, its story and the experience it generates.

Much more recently, in October we found out that Billy Ray, who wrote State of Play and Breach, is writing the Gears of War script for New Line and that was the last we heard… until now.

Speaking to MakingOf, producer Wyck Godfrey revealed some hints as to what story elements will be the focus of the adaptation and how it may differ from the story of the games significantly, acting as a more of a locust origins movie of the locust and the experience of surviving Emergence Day.

Unfortunately for hardcore fans of the game, it’s not looking to be what you may have expected and wanted from the movie. Check out Game Rant for the video interview with producer Wyck Godfrey and what his idea for the film’s story and style is.

Source: MakingOf [via Game Rant]

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  1. This genre is missing good story telling.

    Using the characters, setting, and cinematic aethetics from the game; the makers behind the movie can take those elements and adapt them into a great story.

    And I think that moving away from certain aspects of the game is a step in the right direction. Adaptation is important if you’re going to swap mediums; changes have to be made.

    So hopefully this film comes through for both fans of Gears of War and general movie goers alike. We’ve been let down enough, they’re bound to slip up and make at least one good video game film, right?

  2. why do they not get the people who are involved in making this movie play the game, they actually would enjoy it while it is “educating” them…

  3. Gears of War was never about story anyway

  4. Annoying. The game is so cinematic anyway, why not get some of the team behind it working on the movie, game makers tend to make better movies these days than most Hollywood blockbusters!

  5. Gears of War is not really a thought provoking game. It is basically run and gun, a big time dog fight which is really fun, with a simplistic story. The Locust attacked us, we fight back. It is not rocket science.
    All these guys have to do is take cues from Hamburger Hill & We Were Soldiers and have the film follow 4 Machismos gunning their way through. C’mon guys, it really isn’t that hard to write.

  6. See, I’m ok with this.
    I never totally saw the point of game adaptations that just remake the events of the game. We already saw that, heck we already lived it!
    So making a movie out of stuff we didn’t see, to compliment the games, seems like a good idea.

  7. I wouldn’t mind the moving being about Emergence Day. I think that would be a really way to start the franchise and place it’s roots down. I enjoyed the first gears alot but havn’t got around to play the second one. But as it is, people who say there is no story, well this is the chance for that story to be expanded

  8. this game is garbage to begin with now where the hell is that GOD OF WAR movie, now thats a movie

  9. @ !_!

    is an idiot.Gears has a weak story but its a very badass game in terms of play and experience..GOD OF WAR is going to be good too..

  10. @harvey

    Back up the truck on the name calling.


  11. @ harvey

    nah i played other better shooters that dont deal with humans vs aliens, …. o_O gears of war and halo both deal with humans and aliens and there 360 exclusives!!!

  12. I would like to see this done right. Potentially 2 films if they begin the story with emergence day, perhaps introduce Marcus and show in detail why he ends up in prison. Same can be done with introducing Dom, show his relationship with his wife then have emergence day, destruction, pain and blood. create hatred of the Locust then give the audience what they would want, revenge. The film could have a good run time focusing on these things, setting up characters and story. 2 films would be nice.

  13. I don’t care either way; gave up any hope for good video game movies after I saw Max Payne! They took one of the better scripts with twists which was depicted in an awesomely cinematic manner in the game and made a C grade movie out of it!The execution was so bad that Mark Wahlberg stood no chance of doing the role any justice.

    Gears of War had no real story to begin with, going to be a disasterous movie.

    God of War movie won’t be much better either unless its’ made in some ingenius manner.

  14. Some ingenius film making couldnt hurt Gears of War either!
    Make the movie in 3D to begin with. Hire James Cameron’s Avatar team if they can!