Gears of War Movie Grinds To A Halt

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Gears of War Movie Status

Movies based on games suck, games based on movies suck; You’ve heard and experienced it all before. That doesn’t mean we can’t be excited at the potential of that changing. From what almost became the Halo movie from Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp (District 9) to the more recent news of the Ubisoft forming a studio to launch film franchises for Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, one day soon we will get the quintessential video game adaptation.

Unfortunately for fans of Epic GamesGears of War franchise, it won’t be the COG forces hitting the silver screen anytime soon…

The first Gears of War debuted in 2006 to overwhelmingly positive reviews and along with easily earning itself a pair of sequels, books and merchandise. It even garnered the interest of Hollywood to the point where Lionsgate was in talks to potentially purchase Epic Games back in 2008.

Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Chris Morgan (Wanted) were set to write the Gears of War screenplay back then, but in 2009, we found out Billy Ray (State of Play) would instead be writing the script for New Line.

Hope was starting to diminish with talk of the film following more of its sci-fi roots and later, with producer Wyck Godfrey revealing that the Gears of War film wouldn’t follow the story of the games, but instead would follow the origins of the Locusts (the game’s antagonist army).

After another year of the the project not moving forward, New Line reportedly cut the budget for Gears of War and Wiseman, who was attached to direct but admittedly knew little of video games, left the project. So where does that leave us? With Cliff Bleszinski not sounding optimistic about it at E3 last week. Game Front asked him if there was any update on the project, to which he replied it’s in a state of limbo.

“It’s in development hell right now. Who knows what’ll happen. It took however many years for Peter Jackson to make Lord of the Rings. Hollywood is a complicated beast. There’s all sorts of weirdness going on with who’s working on it, what’s going on here and there. But, hopefully it happens. Maybe the Gears 3 success will generate more interest in it. I’d love to see it. I’d rather have a movie that’s great and true to the franchise, than a movie that sucks. I’d rather not have a movie, than a movie that sucks.”

Preferring no movie over a bad movie takes the words right out of my mouth. In recent years, many game developers/publishers  are hesitant to let their properties get the Hollywood treatment considering the outcomes so many of them face. We saw it with Metal Gears Solid stopping before it started and we heard it from Valve who refuse to let their franchises be treated to a poor adaptation. We may have just witnessed it again with the Uncharted film with David O. Russell mysteriously parting ways with the project after highly negative feedback to his plans for the adaptation.

Gears of War 3 Horde 2.0 Preview

Gears of War 3 blew us away at E3 last week, to the point of earning nominations for Best Shooter, Best Multiplayer and Best in Show for our Game Rant E3 2011 Awards. It should see greater success than both its predecessors and perhaps that buzz will propel its film adaptation forward.

The question then becomes; do you want a film based on the first game, or a prequel of sorts focusing on the Locust origins and Emergence Day?

Source: Game Front

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TAGS: Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, Movies

  • ATG

    this movie is a bad idea. the sooner hollywood realizes they can’t make videogame movies, the better. Some things just don’t belong in other mediums, period.

    • never wrong never right

      I want to see more video game movies because they are getting better and better prince of Persia was ok and i think they are starting to kinda get the idea of what to do to make an interactive experience into a non interactive one with out losing fans from either the game or the targeted demographic of gamers as a whole

    • CJ

      A guy like Peter Jackson can turn it into something great. In an age where there is a major lack of ideas and creativity, the worlds and stories told by successful video game franchises are a great place to get some fresh ideas. The Gears universe is pretty expansive now, especially considering the Karen Travis books. With her, Jackson, and the actual Gears team from Epic…it could really be something great, but of course nothing is ever a slam dunk.

  • (Poster formerly known as) Michael

    That’s good news. Hollywood would just take whatever makes Gears of War unique and strip it of all such elements, then cram it into its boring, old box of formulas and cliches. It would be Gears of War in name only.

  • no name

    Kinda excited to see what ubisoft does as far as movies. Maybe thats the answer. Maybe if a game studio made there own movie studio the products of them would be better. (I know I resurrected a month old post)

  • no name

    Also a AC film would be epic if the did it right.

  • Lee

    I think making a movie based on the GOW series would be interesting. I think a Locust based movie would be a good start, since that’s the way the story started. As long as Michael Bay doesn’t have anything to do with it should be ok. I wish a director like JJ Abrams or James Cameron would direct something like this, they are 2 of the best sci-fi directors/writers in my opinion.

  • nick

    It depends on the budget whether it can be a good movie. If theres no money for good actors or special effects it will be another Blood Rayne if it gets a good budget it could be the next Resident Evil. There is a good storyline to this game and compelling characters, If done right it would be a blockbuster.

  • Mark

    Why should hollywood make the movie? Just have the ACTUAL WRITERS FOR THE GAME make a script and then have the animators make it into a movie. Same graphics, same characters, different time and place from the original.

    TADA!!! Problem solved!

  • buttface

    why not make the Gears Movie Like Beowulf?

    • Anthony

      Because that would SUCK

  • model_102

    I think Chris nolan would be my choice with peter jackson or James Cameron Producing a gears of war movie. Still wouldnt mind seeing chris doing a metal gear solid movie with christian bale or gary oldman as solid snake.

  • Marcus

    I think a gears Locust origins could be great, there is so much unknown about them such as why exactly the queen looks human and when and how did she meet Adam Fenix? And were did they first encounted the imulsion? The main charachters would have to make an apearence and thats were e-day comes in, with them fighting the locust up until the hammer strikes, coz the majority of the story is known after that.

    It should be a CG film tho IMO wat ruins a video game movie is the fact that the ppl hired never live upto the video game. You NEED it to be marcus dom and cole voices and looks. Some crappy lookalike wouldnt do (Can u imagin Samuel l Jackson as The cole train?) No you cant but thats more than likely who would play him

    • Actually

      Actually ColeTrain would MORE THAN LIKELY be played by Lester Speight.

      He does the voice, he’s an actual actor, and he looks the part.

  • Mike

    “I’d rather not have a movie, than a movie that sucks.”

    Cliffy B. needs to listen to his own sage advice and not make a game that has absolutely HORRIFIC multiplayer.

  • Jack

    Personally, I think Hollywood needs to stop making halfhearted video game films and focus on producing something original. Granted, the Locust idea for this film is a good one but whose to say it can’t be done in a game? Video games are far more interactive with an audience than films (unless the film is done really well). It could tie in with Pendulum Wars, as EPIC has said there may be a game explaining the Pendulum Wars. All in all, video game movies aren’t a good idea. Hollywood even messed up Doom, one of the key video games in history. That should say it all.