With Gear of War 4 due to hit stores next week, Microsoft has announced that they are still in the process of developing a Gears of War movie and that it has now found a home at Universal Pictures. A Gears movie has been in the works since 2007 when New Line acquired the rights and Len Wiseman was attached to direct. Eventually those rights lapsed, however, and Epic Games started working with producer Scott Stuber (Battleship) instead. In 2014, Microsoft acquired the Gears of War game franchise from Epic and took over development with Stuber, who brought it to Universal. Long-time Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson claims that a movie is the next logical step for the franchise, but that they won’t be doing a straight adaptation of the games. Here’s part of what he had to say:
“I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie… That’s one of the great things about working with Universal. We’re finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking ‘OK what makes a great movie?'”
Stuber is producing with Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) but no writer or director has been announced as of yet. The project still seems to be at a fairly early stage and to be honest this announcement is probably more about creating publicity for the new game than anything else. Still, it seems crazy to me that a Gears of War movie could get made before a Halo movie happens. Who would you like to see direct a Gears of War movie?