By Jay Hunter – Much like Halo, a live-action Gears of War movie has been rumoured for many years. The popular game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios follows the story of a group of soldiers named cogs, leading the battle against an alien race in a bleak-futuristic setting.
It seems the movie that fans have been clambering for is finally moving forward, during a stream for the upcoming Gears of War 4 release, Microsoft announced that a feature film adaptation is being developed with producers Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence), who has been attached to the project for the last three years.
No doubt fuelled by the rising quality of video-game movies, spearheaded by the likes of Assassins Creed, game developer studio head, Rod Fergusson spoke to Variety stating that that a film adaptation was the next logical step in evolving the Gears franchise and working with Universal was perfect for the property. He went on 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.”
Gears of War 4 will be released on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on Oct. 11