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Universal sets Gears of War in motion with Shane Salerno writing the script

05.03.2017

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With decades of sub-par video game adaptations behind us, we're still awaiting that elusive film which will break the so-called video game movie curse. That hasn't stopped Hollywood from attempting to exploit a large variety of popular video game properties, including Microsoft's Gears of War franchise. New Line Cinema picked up the rights to make a Gears of War movie ten years ago and even snagged Len Wiseman (LIVE FREE OF DIE HARD) to direct the project. After years in development hell, New Line had to let go of the rights to Gears of War which were later picked up by Universal.

It was announced last year that a GEARS OF WAR movie was in development and now Deadline has reported that the project is moving forward with Shane Salerno tackling scripting duties. For the past several years Salerno has been working with James Cameron on crafting the four AVATAR sequels, but is also known for scripting ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM, SAVAGES and SHAFT. Salerno is also attached to pen the script for Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's "The Cartel." Rod Fergusson, studio head of game developer The Coalition, has said that they film would not be based on any particular game and would instead be a new story set in the Gears of War universe.

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. That’s one of the great things about working with Universal, we’re finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking ‘OK what makes a great movie?'

The universe of Gears of War takes place on the fictional planet of Sera, "where a squad of beefed up commandos living in a bombed out post-apocalyptic society battle swarms of alien creatures called Locusts." I've never played any of the Gear of War games, but I seem to be in the minority as the franchise has grossed over $1 billion and is played by 45 million gamers worldwide. The latest game in the series, Gears of War 4, was released last October.

Source: Deadline

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12:13PM on 05/04/2017

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem`

The guy is a horrible script writer. Plus the movie will be 99% filmed in front of a green screen and have shitty looking CGI creatures. Video game movies do not work. Why do the studios keep wasting money on them? Gears of War doesn't even sell well anymore. If this was 2010 it might have been popular, same with Assassins Creed. Its like following a trend 10 years too late and making a generic flop out of it anyways.
The guy is a horrible script writer. Plus the movie will be 99% filmed in front of a green screen and have shitty looking CGI creatures. Video game movies do not work. Why do the studios keep wasting money on them? Gears of War doesn't even sell well anymore. If this was 2010 it might have been popular, same with Assassins Creed. Its like following a trend 10 years too late and making a generic flop out of it anyways.
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7:52AM on 05/05/2017
AVP Requiem? LOL that movie ripped off the whole plot from the Resident Evil 3 videogame.
AVP Requiem? LOL that movie ripped off the whole plot from the Resident Evil 3 videogame.
8:20AM on 05/04/2017
Used to be obsessed with GOW back in the day. It would make for a great movie, very dark and scary but like all game adaptations, it'll be ruined
Used to be obsessed with GOW back in the day. It would make for a great movie, very dark and scary but like all game adaptations, it'll be ruined
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8:08AM on 05/04/2017
The first Gears of War is my all-time favorite video game . I've been hoping they'd make a movie and someone already said it, Zach Snyder would be perfect for this. If not him, Tarsem Singh or Doug L.
The first Gears of War is my all-time favorite video game . I've been hoping they'd make a movie and someone already said it, Zach Snyder would be perfect for this. If not him, Tarsem Singh or Doug L.
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11:05PM on 05/03/2017
I'll only accept this film as a true Gears of War adaption if it's the most gratuitous diplay of beefcake this side of Zack Snyder.
I'll only accept this film as a true Gears of War adaption if it's the most gratuitous diplay of beefcake this side of Zack Snyder.
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8:52PM on 05/03/2017
Seriously, you've never played at least one Gears of War video game? Ever? Say, are you a...
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SONY PLAYSTATION FANBOY????
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Seriously, you've never played at least one Gears of War video game? Ever? Say, are you a...
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SONY PLAYSTATION FANBOY????
(lol)
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8:50PM on 05/03/2017

Terrible

This is exactly why video game movies fail. Stupid person.
This is exactly why video game movies fail. Stupid person.
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