Gears of War Film Seeks New Home

It has been in development for five years, now it looks like a concerted effort is being made to revive the film adaptation of the highly successful “Gears of War” video game franchise says Variety.

New Line began developing the property in 2007 with Len Wiseman once attached to direct, but the project never took off mainly due to the sizeable budget required. Now the project has been put into turnaround which allows the producers to shop it around to other studios.

In fact, Creative Artists Agency is prepping to meet with numerous producers in the coming weeks to set up the project elsewhere. Chris Morgan, Billy Ray and Stuart Beattie have all previously had cracks at the script.

Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save Sera’s inhabitants.

The three games in the ‘Gears’ series have sold over 13 million copies and generated $1 billion in sales since the first game debuted in 2006. It is considered Microsoft’s second biggest exclusive franchise on the XBOX 360 behind only the “Halo” series.

The fourth game, “Gears of War: Judgment”, is set to bow next year. Epic is expected to consult on the film to make sure it ties into the canon established in the games and books.