One of the popular new franchises of the current generation of consoles has been the xbox exclusive series ‘Gears of War’ from Epic Games. The series already has had three titles released with a fourth well on the way.The series primarily centres on Marcus Fenix and his squad of gear’s fighting the Locust’s after they begin their attack on humanity (following emergence day). The series has been rumoured to be the subject of a big budget feature film translation, with previous reports indicating that Underworld’s Len Wiseman was attached to direct however the project has since gone quiet.
There appears to be some new life now as meetings with producers are being sought to set up the project at a new studio. The film was in development at New Line cinemas in 2007, but has been left aside as New Line focuses on other projects.
Creative Artists Agency, who is representing Epic Games, will be using a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie to promote the project. Beattie has previously written a number of films including ’30 Days of Night’, ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’, ‘Australia’, and ‘Collateral’.
While it’s nice to see some new interest in the project, it’s still a long way from a green light, an adaptation of the ‘Halo’ series of video games has experienced long term delays for a variety of reasons. Time will tell if ‘Gears of War’ has any more success in getting a film project off the ground.