Scott Stuber ("Ted," "Battleship") has come onboard to produce and develop the script for the film adaptation of the Xbox 360 video game series "Gears of War".
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 the Sera's inhabitants.
The first title debuted in November 2006 and sold over three million copies in just ten weeks. Three sequels have since been released and the series in total has sold around nineteen million copies. 'Gears' and "Halo" are often considered Microsoft's crown jewel 'exclusive' console series, as opposed to Sony's "Uncharted" and "God of War" franchises and Nintendo's "Super Mario" and "Zelda" games.
The film adaptation has been in development for several years after initially being setup at New Line with Len Wiseman attached to direct. New Line ultimately let the project go, and it floundered for a few years.
The search for a major producer began a few months ago. No distributor is yet in place, but Stuber has a first look deal with Universal.