Variety are reporting that Len Wiseman (Underworld) shall be taking the helm on the Gears of War movie. We reported this rumor in August last year. Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) is also writing a new draft based on Stuart Beattie’s treatment:
Len Wiseman is suiting up to direct New Line’s “Gears of War,” based on Microsoft and Epic Games’ hit vidgame.
Chris Morgan is penning a new draft of the actioner that Stuart Beattie originally tackled. Scribe’s credits include Universal’s upcoming “Wanted” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”
Fanboys have been speculating for nearly a year that Wiseman may helm the project; the game was featured in his most recent pic, “Live Free or Die Hard.” But talks with New Line took place only over the last several months.
Wiseman will develop the story with Morgan.
I think the general consensus, from when Wiseman was previously rumored, was that he is a bad choice of director. Bringing in Chris Morgan, someone that has worked on Fast and the Furious 3 and little that is critically acclaimed, suggests that the creative minds behind this are wanting to create an action-filled no brainer, with the majority of thought going into cool-looking CG action sequences rather than storyline and plot arcs. This news could potentially spell out doom (no pun intended) for the movie, condemning it to the world of low brow over the top action flicks. Gears surely deserves better.
Comments 6 Responses to “Len Wiseman to Direct”
yeah, not be a complete dick or anything, but GOW doesn’t exactly have much of a plot to begin with.
Sam, I must disagree. Gears has a deep and consuming storyline…if only you look closely. Gears is about what happens when the planet destroys itself, due to mankind’s folly. It’s about how people can band together, despite their differences, and fight for a common cause. It’s about destroyed beauty, and an effort to save what is left…or be destroyed. Not to mention the many bonds of friendship and stories of those still willing to fight back…
Should these things be overlooked by Hollywood, it will be a dark time for GoW fans indeed.
I agree with Zexis. The story is much more complex than most people will give it credit for. Mostly because all they see is the violence. (which I love just as much as the next gear head.) But I was NOT a fan of either of the previously mentioned movies in which this director has a claim to fame with. I truly hope the powers that be come to their senses and give the game and fans a movie worthy of its title.
it all comes down to $$$. the second hollywood gets wind of how well something does, they want to get their meathooks into it to make a huge profit because they know it will be huge bolt to the theaters out of the gate..and sometimes you can tell just from whoe they hire as a director..most directors who are very picky will not do such a film…others are up to the challenge..you can also tell from how quick the release date is anouced and from finding out how long the movie is…anything with a cap of 90 min. has money maker writtin all over it and is usually doomed…this is from someone who works in the industry..i try to remain optomistic especailly how some of comic movies and video game movies are “just now” starting to get a little better..and i stress a little better…gow has a great storyline..i do have a prediction…since dark knight and iron man, directors and writers are choosing to ground stories to be more relistically possible…i would not doubt that they will write that the horde were once human and went underground. i personally would love to see how in the world they are going to pull off the violence in this one..especially with the lancer chainsaw and the one shot kills to the head with the sniper rifle…then, who are the actors…i would love to see micky rourke as phoenix…since sin city and the wrestler that just came out…i think he would be a good shot
I have to agree with you guys. take Dom and his wife when she dies, it hurts Dom AND the player. Or When Tai kills himself. also I think that that survival of mankind is a good plot for a movie as well as the fact that there are still some unawnsered qwestions from the games
what they should for the gears series is keep making gears of war 3 or 4 and then make gears of war aspho fields the game. now for the movie they should have wisemen direct other than the other guy. but they are gonna need a big bugget for this movie