Gears of War franchise developer The Coalition has confirmed a team-up with Microsoft and Universal Pictures to create a movie set in the Gears of War universe.
Specific details such as who will star in the movie, who will write its script, who will direct it, and when it will be released have yet to be locked down. However, The Coalition head Rod Fergusson stated that the Gears of War movie likely won’t be a simple rehash of the game’s main plots:
"When you do a movie like this, you have to realize that it's a different medium with a different audience," Fergusson explained.
"I think if you were to go in and say, ‘okay, it's got to be completely 100 percent faithful to the game canon,’ or the story of the game, what's going to end up happening is it's not going to be the best movie.
The big thing we're really trying to focus on is making the best Gears movie possible, as opposed to the one that's the closest to the game. I want it to be this thing where it feels authentic to Gears of War, but I want it to blow people's minds because it's actually a great movie first, and then it pays homage to the source material second."
If this news sounds familiar, that’s because it isn’t the first time a movie studio has expressed interest in doing a Gears of War movie. Way back in 2007, when the Gears of War IP was still under the purview of Epic Games, New Line Cinemas announced their plans to develop a Gears of War movie. The movie managed to get as far as confirming a writer and a director before the idea was scrapped.