GEARS OF WAR Feature Adaptation Grinds Forward

     October 9, 2012

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The last time we reported on the possible Gears of War adaptation, the picture was a mess, citing a search for a new writer and director, as well as toning down the lofty scale of the treatment and its resulting budget. New Line, which has had the project under its roof since 2007, recently put it into turnaround to focus on The Hobbit films. But with the video game franchise generating over $1 billion in sales and a fourth installment due out next year, Creative Artists Agency is reportedly enthusiastic about meeting with producers to find a new home for the feature adaptation.

Exclusive to the Microsoft 360 console, Gears of War is a military sci-fi third person shooter which 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.  Hit the jump for more on the fate of the Gears of War movie adaptation.

As Variety reports, director Len Wiseman (Underworld) was previously attached to helm the adaptation, but a number of other projects drew him away.  Chris Morgan (Wanted) and Billy Ray (State of Play) had turned in previous treatments of the script, but the latest version comes from Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).  In an interesting sidenote, CAA repos both Epic Games (the studio behind Gears of War) and Beattie.  The screenwriter also has a treatment for Halo currently under submission, another property that Microsoft would love to see turn into a successful movie franchise.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Gears of War series, here are the trailers from both the previously released games and the upcoming fourth installment, Gears of War: Judgment.

Who would you want to see playing Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago or Anya Stroud? Let us know in the comments below!

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