Gears of War has been a blockbuster game for Microsoft and Epic Games since the Xbox 360 was just starting out in 2006. A few games later and on the cusp of the latest sequel about to hit Xbox One, Universal has landed the rights to a movie adaptation. This will be the second time Hollywood has tried to make a Gears movie, the first being the non-starter by New Line that never made it past years of preproduction.
According to THR, the film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (the recent Planet of the Apes franchise) through Bluegrass Films, but there’s no word on yet on a planned release date or production schedule. Judging by how video game movies are currently a question mark for Hollywood, we’ll probably get more news on this slowly as Universal measures interest for the upcoming project, especially if they want to avoid what happened with Warcraft.
But it’s probably safe to say that Universal will opt for a straightforward retelling of the core game’s story. Set on the Earth-like planet Sera, the main conflict of the games revolved around the last stages of a brutal 13-year war between the last of human society and the monstrous Locust Horde that erupted from beneath the surface. Casting for Marcus, Dom, Baird, and Cole Train will likely dominate much of the conversation around this film for reasons obvious to big fans of the franchise.
The newest game from the series, Gears of War 4, will launch on October 11th for Xbox One and Windows 10.