The hit video game series Gears of War is coming to the big screen, and the folks behind the video game are playing a role in making it happen.
Variety reports the Gears of War film adaptation was announced during a livestream announcement for the new Gears of War 4 video game. The game series typically follows the soldier Marcus Fenix as he battles an alien race called the Locust that are hell-bent on taking us out. There’s no word yet on whether the film will follow that arc or tell a new story set in that universe. Regardless, it’s certainly a cinematic property and should fit well on the big screen.
The project is being developed at Universal Pictures by Scott Stuber (Ted, The Kingdom) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Rod Fergusson, studio head of game development at The Coalition, told Variety they want to strike a balance of making a great movie while still honoring the source material. As anyone who has ever seen Doom can attest, that’s easier said than done:
“I think you have to let the movies be the movies. 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 … 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?’”
Regardless, it’s great to hear Fergusson saying all the right things at this point. Here’s hoping the project stays on track.
Are you glad to see Gears of War jumping from game to film?