After 10 years, Gears of War is making the jump from living rooms to movie theaters. Gears veteran and Studio Head of The Coalition, Rod Fergusson, made the announcement during the Gears of War 4 Live event in Los Angeles last week.
Universal Studios now hold the rights to the franchise, with Scott Tuber (Ted, Central Intelligence, and Patriots Day) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Ape franchise, Oblivion) attached to produce. The film is currently in the early stages of pre-production, and no director or writers have committed to the film. Fergusson would not confirm if the film’s plot would follow the plot of the games.
In an interview with Variety, Fergusson spoke on the Gears franchise and its future. “As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie,” Fergusson said . “We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect.”
On the topic of video game movies, Fergusson is taking a different approach. “I think you have to let the movies be the movies,” Fergusson said. “They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers.”
New Line Cinema optioned the rights to a Gears film in early 2007. Many rewrites, as well as loss of key crew, plagued the films production. New Line later cut the films budget, bringing production to a halt.
Fans are already getting into the mayhem. Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition gave fans four-day early access, starting on Friday.
Fans with the standard edition of the game can join the fun starting Oct. 11. Gears of War 4 is playable on both Xbox One and PC, thanks to Microsoft’s Play Anywhere program.