Gears of War movie

It’s been over ten years since Hollywood announced a Gears of War movie based on the popular video game. Since then, the project has shifted between two studios and through the hands of several notable writers, directors, and producers. But years later, the game franchise is still going strong – which means Hollywood is taking another shot at adapting it for the big screen.

Now the film has a new writer: F. Scott Frazier, who wrote xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.
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Over a decade ago, talk of a Gears of War movie started. Ever since its announcement, some notable writers have come and gone from the project. Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious franchise), Stuart Beattie (Collateral), and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) all took cracks at the video game adaptation. With the project alive again, and this time at Universal, a new writer has been tapped to adapt the property: Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the Avatar sequels, Armageddon, and Savages.

Below, learn more about the new Gears of War screenwriter.

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gears of war movie

Universal Pictures are developing a big screen movie based on Microsoft’s successful Gears of War third-person shooter video game franchise. Hit the jump to learn the details.
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After years of development, the video game series Gears of War may finally make the leap to the big screen. The series originated by Epic Games and published by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 and PC, tells one part of a long conflict between humans and aliens called the Locust Horde. Set on the fictional planet Sera, the story features a conflict over energy, long family histories, and plenty of big notes of loyalty, betrayal, and plenty of military conflict.

Gears was originally in development in 2007, but never went very far, thanks to disagreements between Epic and New Line over how to bring the story to the screen. The rights went back to Epic at one point, and the company has been slowly feeling out producers as possible partners.

Now producer Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief, Safe House) has won the rights, and will develop a film alongside Epic. Read More »

Gears of War, the Epic Games video game series published by Microsoft that has gone through three blockbuster installments so far, was set up at New Line for a long time as a potential feature. Len Wiseman was going to direct at one point, but in the years since 2007, when New Line signed on, there hasn’t been any significant movement on the project. In fact, a couple years ago New Line scaled back plans for the film.

Now New Line has put Gears into turnaround, and so CAA is starting the process of finding a new partner or partners to properly exploit the Gears of War series in movie form. Read More »

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In March 2007, New Line Cinema announced they would be making a big screen adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game Gears of War. Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie was hired to pen a script after turning in a 21-page treatment. A few months later Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman came aboard the project to direct. Wiseman worked on the script with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan for a year, before moving on to Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).

LA Times now reports that Wiseman is moving on, after having the budget slashed in half. He is now officially signed on to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne, a project he was developing for 20th Century Fox.

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“Emergence Day” should be a term familiar to Gears of Wars fans already, and it looks like movie fans may become very familiar with it. The term refers to that day that the series’ subterranean villains, the Locusts,  started to wage war against humanity. Making Of recently spoke with producer Wyck Godfrey, who spilled some details on their current plans for the Len Wiseman-directed Gears film.

Apparently, they’re currently trying to decide if the movie should take place in the time period of the games—in a war-torn post-Emergence Day world—or, if they should start off earlier and depict a peaceful time that’s shattered by the events of Emergence Day.

Godfrey’s full quote, after the break.

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Billy Ray Taking Turn At Gears of War Screenplay

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Earlier today, Russ told you that Billy Ray will be writing a ripped-from-the-headlines movie about Captain Richard Phillips vs. Somali Pirates. That’s not Ray’s only new writing gig, however, as he’s also taking a crack at the Gears of War movie. Last we heard, director Len Wiseman was collaborating with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan on the project, superceding an ill-liked Stuart Beattie draft. Like that fellow with his One Red Paperclip, this sounds like a constant series of uptrades.

So, how did Billy Ray get the gig?

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TR2N Helmer Joseph Kosinski Directs Gears of War 2

Apparently we’re all about the slightly deceptive headlines tonight. Joseph Kosinski is the fx-heavy commercial director who is now helming TR2N for Disney (or TRON 2 for those who refuse to use Disney’s stupid title). We’ve featured some of Kosinski’s work in a past Commercial Directors Spotlight, which if you haven’t already, you should check it out. Some of you might recall that Kosinski directed the popular Gears of War trailer which made use of the Mad World song from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Well, Kosinski has returned to direct a television advertisement titled “Last Day” for the game’s sequel, Gears of War 2. You can check out the new ad below.

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