We’ve not heard too much about the anticipated live-action adaptation of the Gears of War 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 nothing about video games – A big red flag considering all video game movies tend to suck because movie studios can’t/don’t replicate the important parts of a video game.
In October, Screen Rant then 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.
Watch and see what their idea is:
People surviving Emergence Day? Cloverfield? Not telling story of Alien Planet with horrific Atmosphere?
Godfrey’s tone and explanation make me wonder why they’re making a Gears of War movie if they’re not making a Gears of War movie? From what Wiseman said before, from what Godfrey is saying here, and knowing the current trend in video game movies – I now think we’re in trouble with this film.
“The hard part is how to make it into something that doesn’t feel like a world torn asunder and people just in battle… I think we really want to focus on the idea of a world that’s running well, and then it’s Emergence Day and kind of make it impactful and immediate and the survival of those 48 hours as people survive Emergence Day. It’s more like ‘Cloverfield’ or something like that.”
That’s not what Gears of War is about, or what made the game popular enough to warrant a big budget movie.
“Trying to tell the epic story of an alien planet that’s living in a horrific environment just feels like the wrong mood right now.”
Then why are you making a movie out of this game right now?
The games themselves are cinematic and are about Marcus Fenix and his team of lovable bad-ass dudes surviving and saving the day fourteen years after Emergence Day. Like I said last year, it’s already done, all you have to do is translate it to live-action making in a 2-hour feature. If you make it not what the game is, then the project is already doomed and I question why the movie is being made.
I understand additions and changes for dramatic “hollywood” effect but from what I’ve gathered, I don’t think they’ll be telling the story we want from the movie.
What do you think of Godfrey’s words?