In the works since 2007, news of a Gears of War movie has been so thin on the ground of late, we assumed the project had been consumed by a Locust horde. But apparently Universal are still determined to bring the video game to the big screen.
Speaking at the official launch for Gears of War 4, Coalition boss Rod Ferguson confirmed the movie is still in development and even hinted that its plot may be completely different from that of the games, which follows gruff soldier Marucs Fenix in his battles against the Locusts.
“I think you have to let the movies be the movies,” Coalition boss Rod Fergusson hinted. “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.
“If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie.”
No director or writer are in place yet, but producers Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence) have been tasked with finding a way to bring the franchise to life on the big screen.
Gears of War 4 is out on 11 October.