Microsoft has announced that after several failed attempts, they are teaming with Universal Pictures to take another shot at a film adaptation of the hit video game franchise “Gears of War”.
The announcement, which was made on a live stream of the upcoming “Gears of War 4” game which comes to Xbox One next week, was made by ‘Gears’ creators Coalition – specifically their head of development Rod Fergusson. He says (via Variety):
“As a way to support the franchise, the next logical step was to make the movie. We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect.”
Talking about turning a game franchise into a good movie, something that practically every other game-to-film adaptation has failed at, Fergusson claims the key is to focus on the lore and not the game or the game’s fans:
“I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. 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. That’s one of the great things about working with Universal. We’re finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking ‘OK what makes a great movie?'”
Scott Stuber (“Ted”) and Dylan Clark (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) will produce, but no writer or director is yet attached. The likes of Len Wiseman, Chris Morgan and Billy Ray were attached at different points when the project was previously setup at New Line.