New life is being breathed into the oft-fabled Gears of War film, originally brought up in 2007 and not really heard of since. New Line Cinemas has put the game adaptation on hold to focus on The Hobbit, but reportedly, as Gears of War Judgment edges closer to release, Creative Artists Agency is considering moving the project elsewhere, and is “eager” to meet with Epic Games producers.
Variety writes the story is anticipated to echo the strong visual style of the game, focussing on human soldiers defending the planet Sera, under attack from the alien Locust Horde.
The rights for Gears of War were first snapped up back in 2007, with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman originally attached. He dropped out in 2010, and no replacement has been named – although reportedly Top Gun director Tony Scott had discussed taking the job.
A number of producers and writers have been attached over the five years, with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides writer Stuart Beattie contributing the most recent screenplay (incidentally, Beattie also wrote a draft screenplay for a Halo adaptation).
One thing is for sure: Epic Games will be on-board with the film, making sure that the new adaptation ties in with the three games and their companion novels (and for that matter, the toys, accessories and gadgets released to tie in with the games). That said, the game’s lead designer Cliff Bleszinski actually left Epic Games after 20 years just last week, so – unless he’s left to explicity focus on filmmaking, he probably won’t personally be involved in the film.