The hugely popular Gears of War video game franchise is set for a big screen adaptation.
During a livestream focusing on the upcoming Gears of War 4, set for release on October 11, it was announced that Microsoft was teaming up with Universal Pictures producers Scott Stuber (Ted, The Kingdom) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) in order to develop a Gears of War movie.
The video games tell the story of mankind’s epic struggle for survival against a dominating Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the planet’s vortex.
There’s no word yet as to whether this film will be a straightforward adaptation of one or all four of the video games, or if the film will tackle a new story based in the game’s universe.
Speaking to Variety, Rod Ferguson, studio head of game developer The Coalition, had the following to say:
“I think you have to let the movies be the movies. They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and 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.”
We’ll keep you informed.