The Gears of War movie adaptation has been pretty quiet of recent. In April this year rumors that production on a Gears of War movie had slowed down kicked up again–this time from New Line studio sources (as reported by LATimes). Reports suggested the storyline and budget were being dramatically scaled back and that Len Wiseman would be focussing on other projects, namely Nocture. The original budget was expected to be around $100m, it is now thought to be considerably less.
The script by Chris Morgan (“Wanted”) had a lot of buzz around it, and was tweaked late last year by Billy Ray, which included a lot of character work. Reports were good, a sprawling and epic action movie. The change to the budget however makes the film much less epic, and much more a simple invasion story. With this in mind, New Line are searching for writers to make these changes. Until this is ready, production is stalled.
Wiseman has now been attached to the Total Recall remake, and will almost certainly not be directing the Gears movie. Add to this that Kate Beckinsale is his wife, and we’ve lost our only cast member.
What now for the Gears of War movie? A 2012 release? A low budget action film?