Here we go again, kids.
For the last 6 years, talk of a Gears Of War film have been a subject of contention since 2007 when New Line Cinema announced they were gonna give it a go with a $100 million dollar budget and director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free Or Die Hard) at the helm. But due to numerous disagreements between New Line and Epic Games (creators of GoW) that was as far as they got before it slipped into the confines of “development hell”: Wiseman left the project altogether, the budget was lowered, and the rights reverted back to Epic.
NOW when the subject of a Gears movie pops up, it’s usually met with skepticism and a WHOLE lot of questions. So get ready to start asking, darlings.
According to Variety, producer Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief) now has the rights and will work side-by-side with Epic to (POSSIBLY) bring the film to fruition. While it’s known that Stuber is producing, it’s not yet known who’s doing what; word IS that Gears could get into bed with Universal (where Stuber has a “first-look” deal in place) but that said, Stuber and Epic are wisely shopping it out to other studios.
When the idea of a film was first approached, there was only one game in the franchise but now with FOUR titles including the recent release of the prequel (GoW: Judgment), anything can happen, really.
Speculation is that the film will still be based on the first game and the life of Marcus Fenix front and center but with the extended universe that includes novels and comic books, there’s a wealth of knowledge to draw from…which means IF in the right hands, Gears could get the Lord Of The Rings treatment.
My hope is that they’ll just go to the source and bring on Karen Traviss, novelist extraordinaire. Traviss is not only known for her work on the Star Wars: Republic Commando and two of the Halo “Kilo-Five Trilogy” novels, she is responsible for the Gears book series and served as lead writer for the Gears Of War 3 game.
COG (Coalition Of Ordered Governments) Tags
But I gotta tell ya, when you ask who the heart and soul of Gears Of War is, you’ll hear two names: series creative director Cliff “Cliffy B” Bleszinski and executive producer Rod “Gears Viking” Fergusson (both of whom parted ways with Epic last year). With these two guys gone, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous.
As far as casting goes, I would HOPE they’d consider the guys who actually gave life to the franchise; with the exception of Fred Tatasciore (Baird), John DiMaggio (Marcus), Carlos Ferro (Dom) and Lester Speight (Cole) could firm up with a quickness and be good to go.
(And I only exclude Fred because while he’s AMAZING as Baird, he doesn’t resemble Baird as much as the other three resemble their respective characters – so don’t hate.)
Cole Train, WOO WOOOOOOOOO!
ESPECIALLY Speight…I can’t see ANYone else play the Cole Train.
IF Anya’s included (and she better be) I vote Gwendoline Christie from Game Of Thrones (above) play her; she’s already proven she can kick major a** in full knight’s gear, COG gear should be a cake walk for her.
As a pretty hardcore Gears fan, I have so many questions and concerns I could write a novel…BUT I’ll hold off until it’s CONFIRMED the Gears movie is a go.
Even my dog is a Gears fan and if I’m not happy, HE’S not happy.
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