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"Gears of War" Video Game Film is Moving Forward

Posted: April 30th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Gears of War" Video Game Film is Moving ForwardSubmit Comment
Back in 2007, New Line got to work on a "Gears of War" movie, based on the popular video game franchise. The studio hired Stuart Beattie to write the script and Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) to direct, but the project eventually fell apart due to creative differences.

Then six months ago, Epic Games, the creator of the video game, started looking for others to take on the film. Now comes word that producer Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief, Safe House) will produce and will take the project to Universal Pictures.

The video game story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization's best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet's surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.

The game was released in 2006 and has since spawned three sequels and sold close to 19 million units.

Source: Variety


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boogiel writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 7:51:02 AM

Another flop waiting to happen. Why they can't leave this video game alone? Who the f*ck needs the movie adaptation anyway?
Kurskij writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 10:07:01 AM

Not a gamer myself, so I rarely get the hype for these adaptations.

"Prince of Persia" and first "Lara Croft" (by Simon West) are admittedly decent, but they had budgets and top shelf talent behind them. Mortal Kombat is cheesy as f*ck, but it had great stuntmen and Paul WS for all his sins is a talented visual director.

So bring it on, maybe it'll turn out good. But most likely it'll be a big fat flop.

BadChadB33 writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 10:46:15 AM

Meh.
Stapes writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 12:38:47 PM

Now that comic books have been made viable movie source material it's time for video games. Give me a Metal Gear trilogy.
Patrick Bateman writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 2:20:58 PM

Its a fun storyline for a big budget film but somehow i dont think this will happen
Stapes writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 3:06:11 PM

Clive Barkers Undying and Jericho games would make good adaptations too. As for Gears of War... I wasnt aware there even was a storyline.
minkowski writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 4:35:27 PM

It'll never happen, or if it does The Rock will take the lead and it'll bomb.

Can't understand why Halo can't get made.
DeVries writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 5:33:49 PM

Could be ok if a lot of money is involved with a good director. But then, the director will be a hollywood's bitch and it will suck sh*t and bomb.
mustardayonnaise writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 7:16:19 PM

I'm sorry, Prince of Persia is awful. And Tomb Raider is too.

I'm almost glad Halo didn't get made. Leave it alone, let it stay unmolested in its own wonderful little universe. And while we're on the subject, this unholy alliance between JJ Abrams and Gabe Newell has me very nervous.
Champ1432 writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 7:26:42 PM

This could be good if done right, but the track record of video games adapted to movies is nothing to inspire confidence that is what will happen.

It is a little surprising, as others mentioned, that this would be adapted before some other video game franchises like Halo, Call of Duty, Metal Gear, etc.
Shogo1307 writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 7:44:35 PM

This franchise has sh*t loads of film potential, the issue is taking what is in the games and the books and translating it to film.
mustardayonnaise writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 7:58:14 PM

The standard argument for making these films is that they have 'lots of potential' if they're 'done right'. Please, would someone cite an example of a video game film truly done right? I'm not talking about a film that 'looks great but the story kinda sucks', or is a 'decent film', I'm talking about an honestly good movie that's based on a video game. It doesn't exist.

These films exist because producers continue to see dollar signs in expanding their properties... Christ, considering the budgets of the major game franchises these days, they might consider a low-budget feature based on the property as merely a 2-hour ad for future releases. There's never a focus on story, or more importantly, character. They're always visually-driven, empty, and boring.

I hope one day to be proven wrong but there's currently no evidence to the contrary. Sad but true.
minkowski writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 8:10:28 PM

I still think Half Life: The Movie is a good damned idea, if done right.

If done right.
minkowski writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 8:12:11 PM

And the Assassin's Creed short film wasn't bad.
minkowski writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 8:13:04 PM

"These films exist because producers continue to see dollar signs in expanding their properties... Christ, considering the budgets of the major game franchises these days, they might consider a low-budget feature based on the property as merely a 2-hour ad for future releases. There's never a focus on story, or more importantly, character. They're always visually-driven, empty, and boring."

*nods head vigorously in agreement*
BlackDynamite writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 11:26:23 PM

The game itself is already pretty brainless in terms of plot development. It won't get any better.

I actually wouldn't mind seeing a Resistance or an Infamous film, if done right.
BlackDynamite writes:
on April 30th, 2013 at 11:28:02 PM

"Can't understand why Halo can't get made."

If I remember right, Halo couldn't get made because Microsoft was demanding an unreasonable share of the profits, like over 50%, and studios could not agree with that.
bastardgoblinwolf writes:
on May 1st, 2013 at 11:23:26 PM

It's probably going to suck.

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