Hollywood has been trying to get a Gears of War movie off the ground for quite some time. While a number of studios, writers, and directors have thus far been unable to crack an adaptation of the popular video game series, there was renewed interest late last year when video game company Epic began taking meetings with producers to try and find a new home for the property. After a prolonged process, producer Scott Stuber has been tapped to produce the Gears of War movie, as development of the script will now begin with Epic. Hit the jump for more.
For those unfamiliar, Gears of War is a military sci-fi third person shooter that centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad in their last-ditch efforts to save the human inhabitants of the planet Sera from unstoppable subterranean creatures known as the Locust Horde. Per Variety, Stuber has landed the gig of producing Gears of War, but the project does not yet have a studio home. Stuber and Epic will now go out to studios in order to secure distribution for the project, and Universal seems like a possibility given Stuber’s relationship and first-look deal with the studio.
Stuber most recently found success at the box office with the comedies Ted and Identity Thief, and he also produced the thriller Safe House and last year’s tentpole bomb Battleship. Whether a Gears of War movie will finally come to fruition this time or not remains to be seen, but things are most definitely moving forward on the adaptation and we should hear news regarding a screenwriter and/or studio sooner rather than later.