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Is the Gears of War movie stuck in development hell?

04.06.2010

Back in 2008, Len Wiseman signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of the popular videogame GEARS OF WAR. The highly anticipated game sequel was due later that year and interest in the franchise was at its peak. But two years later, Wiseman and New Line still haven't come close to cracking the adaptation. Wiseman, while still technically attached to the film, has moved on to NOCTURNE, another thriller he's developing and likely would not "be a part of [the film] when all is said in done," according to the LA Times.

So who is New Line bringing in to replace Wiseman? Slow down, tiger. You're assuming the studio is still moving full steam ahead on the project. They've slashed the budget from a proposed $100 million to something far more modest and have scaled back the epic feel of the original script by Chris Morgan (WANTED) for something more straight-forward and simple. (While this wasn't spelled out, I'm guessing they saw DISTRICT 9 and thought, "Hey we can do that!")

Meanwhile the budget isn't the only thing being scaled back. The LA Times' sources said any work on the film has "really slowed down" and they have yet to even find a writer or director to work on their new vision for the film.

As GEARS OF WAR sinks deeper and deeper into development hell, I can only hope it'll say hello to friends HALO and BIOSHOCK, other classic games of the 2000s that were unable to get their movies off the ground.

Extra Tidbit: "Gears of War 2" sold over 2 million copies its first week of release.
Source: LA Times

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11:36PM on 04/06/2010
Good, the story is fucking generic as hell.
Good, the story is fucking generic as hell.
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10:57PM on 04/06/2010
i'm glad he's off the movie cause he makes garbage films. they better make this movie, make it gory and brutal,...and fuck halo seriously..gears is much better
i'm glad he's off the movie cause he makes garbage films. they better make this movie, make it gory and brutal,...and fuck halo seriously..gears is much better
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8:30PM on 04/06/2010
great news.. he really fucked up Die Hard 4 with the blue tones and the look/feel. It felt nothing like the originals.
great news.. he really fucked up Die Hard 4 with the blue tones and the look/feel. It felt nothing like the originals.
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6:41PM on 04/06/2010

Good

I've long felt that a Gears movie didn't necessarily need an Underworld feel, but rather a documentary feel actually. Part of what makes Gears a great gameplay experience (especially Horde) is the intensity of a creature bearing down on you... and you're running out of bullets... and they're one swinging a giant mace at you.

If you don't get the immersion into the world, you'll miss out as the audience. This is good news as I don't think that's what was being brought to the table.
I've long felt that a Gears movie didn't necessarily need an Underworld feel, but rather a documentary feel actually. Part of what makes Gears a great gameplay experience (especially Horde) is the intensity of a creature bearing down on you... and you're running out of bullets... and they're one swinging a giant mace at you.

If you don't get the immersion into the world, you'll miss out as the audience. This is good news as I don't think that's what was being brought to the table.
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5:46PM on 04/06/2010

Why am I not surprised

Sounds like this proposed film is going the same route as Halo/Bioshock. Perhaps this is a good thing. I'd hate for them to release a cheap, poorly conceived, cash-in film.

Hopefully will see a 3rd game released some time......maybe
Sounds like this proposed film is going the same route as Halo/Bioshock. Perhaps this is a good thing. I'd hate for them to release a cheap, poorly conceived, cash-in film.

Hopefully will see a 3rd game released some time......maybe
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5:16PM on 04/06/2010
Oh well... these fags would probably end up making it PG-13 anyway.

I want PAUL VERHOEVEN for this film.

I rewatched Total Recall on Blu-Ray yesterday. I just love his style of violence. Dirty, visceral and overly graphic... Perfect for a Gears of War movie.
Oh well... these fags would probably end up making it PG-13 anyway.

I want PAUL VERHOEVEN for this film.

I rewatched Total Recall on Blu-Ray yesterday. I just love his style of violence. Dirty, visceral and overly graphic... Perfect for a Gears of War movie.
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4:55PM on 04/06/2010
Following the District 9 route is fine as long as they have creative minds behind it. But thinking about it, this could go the Resident Evil route (bad idea IMO)...wonder what's happening on the God of War front.
Following the District 9 route is fine as long as they have creative minds behind it. But thinking about it, this could go the Resident Evil route (bad idea IMO)...wonder what's happening on the God of War front.
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1:18PM on 04/07/2010
I hope NOTHING is happening on the God Of War front. I can't imagine seeing it get made into shit on the big-screen.
I hope NOTHING is happening on the God Of War front. I can't imagine seeing it get made into shit on the big-screen.
2:26PM on 04/06/2010

Forget Gears of War or Halo

Give us a Killzone movie.
Give us a Killzone movie.
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2:24PM on 04/06/2010
Of course its stuck in development hell. Why, because like Halo, its a story primed for film and next to impossible to fuck up and everyone wants to see it.

What that means is that Everyone involved is trying there hardest to make it what they think it should be in order to boost their own careers when it succeeds and nobody is wiling to bend to make things happen. Thus, this film, like Halo, will sit around in dev hell for years most likely before someone comes to the conclusion that
Of course its stuck in development hell. Why, because like Halo, its a story primed for film and next to impossible to fuck up and everyone wants to see it.

What that means is that Everyone involved is trying there hardest to make it what they think it should be in order to boost their own careers when it succeeds and nobody is wiling to bend to make things happen. Thus, this film, like Halo, will sit around in dev hell for years most likely before someone comes to the conclusion that nobody can agree on it or the funding and it gets shelved for a decade.

Just. Like. Halo.
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1:34PM on 04/06/2010
The first gears of war was probably my favorite video game of all time. I've prayed for zack snyder to do this movie but its lookin like it will just be another hit man or max payne. sighh
The first gears of war was probably my favorite video game of all time. I've prayed for zack snyder to do this movie but its lookin like it will just be another hit man or max payne. sighh
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1:29PM on 04/06/2010
I guess it's for the best. I think videogames have evolved a lot since their monotonous 2D and early 3D eras. Games like Gears Of War, God Of War, and Heavy Rain are cinematic experiences by themselves. And with technology changing by the hour, new games have the ability to pack as much story into their plots as movies can. It kinda' defeats the purpose to make a movie outta' something that already feels like a movie. Anyone who has played God Of War III will agree with me on this; there's
I guess it's for the best. I think videogames have evolved a lot since their monotonous 2D and early 3D eras. Games like Gears Of War, God Of War, and Heavy Rain are cinematic experiences by themselves. And with technology changing by the hour, new games have the ability to pack as much story into their plots as movies can. It kinda' defeats the purpose to make a movie outta' something that already feels like a movie. Anyone who has played God Of War III will agree with me on this; there's enough going on in videogames these days...might as well leave them as they are, with their dignity intact.
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12:37PM on 04/06/2010
Shame, really. This could've been a treat, given that this could've had potential. But it always seems like the video games with actual movie potential (Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock) always toil in developmental hell, while people keep making movie adaptations out of games that don't deserve it (Bloodrayne, Dead or Alive, House of the Dead, etc.)
Shame, really. This could've been a treat, given that this could've had potential. But it always seems like the video games with actual movie potential (Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock) always toil in developmental hell, while people keep making movie adaptations out of games that don't deserve it (Bloodrayne, Dead or Alive, House of the Dead, etc.)
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11:56AM on 04/06/2010
Meh...
Meh...
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10:09AM on 04/06/2010
Matthew Fox for the lead.
Matthew Fox for the lead.
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12:44PM on 04/06/2010
i would agree with you if we were talking about Mass Effect
i would agree with you if we were talking about Mass Effect
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