Microsoft’s Gear of War will be turned into a movie with Universal Pictures buying the movie rights for the franchise.
The announcement was made during a recent livestream for Gears of War 4 and while the movie is confirmed, there have been reports that suggest that no writers have been taken onboard for the movie. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will serve as producers with the help of their Universal-based production company, Bluegrass Films.
According to Variety, Gear of War movie will not be dwelling too much on the story line of the games; however, will keep enough of the lore and canon of the game. The reason as explained by co-creator Rod Fergusson is that when movies are made from games franchise, creators of the movie often end up making the movie for gamers and this effectively ruins the whole thing and the movie ends up not being successful.
“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”, Fergusson was quoted as saying. According to Fergusson, Universal Pictures have given them enough freedom to explore the options while still retaining bits and bobs about the original storyline.
This isn’t the first time Gears of War has seen plans for a film. New Line Cinema spent years previously developing a script which had a director on board as well in Len Wiseman, who has worked on the Underworld series. But the rights lapsed in time, before Universal and Stuber got attached in 2013.
The Gears of War franchise started back in 2006 by developers The Coalition, and was acquired two years ago by Microsoft Studios who took over from Epic Games. It has sold 27 million copies and been played 2.3 billion hours since its launch, according to numbers provided by Microsoft.