Oh my word, that was fast. Latino review, who also posted an early treatment of the Halo Movie back in the day, have posted up a sneak preview of the Gears of War movie adaptation. How much of this will appear in the final film remains to be seen, though it seems fairly reputable and Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) has done a good job. I’m going to say this now — this storyline will change before the film is released, likely when a director is assigned to the project and he begins asserting his vision.
The article at Latino is pretty long so I am going to provide a summary here. Read the rest of this entry »
IGN have posted an interview with Rod Fergusson, Gears of War producer, revealing a couple of tid-bits about the movie deal:
IGN: Can you tell us much about the movie deal?
Rod Fergusson: There isn’t much to say right now. What people need to take away is that scripts get optioned all the time in Hollywood and that by no means [indicates] that it’s absolutely going to happen that the movie gets created. They take their option and they may decide to do nothing with that option.
IGN: So New Line has optioned the script?
Rod Fergusson: They have, yeah. They have a writer, Stuart Beattie, who wrote ‘Collateral’ and ‘Derailed’, and was a contributing writer to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies. And so he’s a big name script writer, and he’s already written a treatment.
On March 20th Variety reported that New Line had picked up the feature rights for Epic’s Gears of War. Stuart Beattie, the mind behind Pirates of the Caribbean and Collateral, is said to be working on the big screen adaptation of the game alongside producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey working under the moniker “Temple Hill”.
Rumors suggest that with smooth video game and movie development Epic would look to make a simultaneous release of two new features to their latest franchise.
For those not in the know, Gears of War became the 4th biggest selling game in 2006, is currently the most popular Xbox 360 online title and won game of the year at “Game Developers Choice Awards and the Interactive Achievement Awards.”
Specific storylines are as of yet unknown, although Epic VP did state, “We wanted to make an entertainment property that’s not just for games but for other media.”
With script development will come the tentative search for a director to spear-head the project. The parties involved are looking toward a 2009 release date, should things go smoothly.
For gamers, the positive point to note is that lead game designer Cliff Bleszinski (we all know him as Cliffy B) will be executive producer and “development consultant” to Epic.
“Our first and foremost philosophy is to do no harm, so we debated heavily the idea of doing a movie at all. […] But we feel we stacked the deck in our favor by working with the best players.” says Epic VP.
EDIT: Yahoo adds,
Screenwriter Beattie’s involvement with the project didn’t come over a high-priced meal on Sunset Boulevard, but with a simple message sent over Xbox Live. Beattie told Reuters that while playing Gears of War one night, “This New Line exec Jeff Katz dropped me a message in my Xbox Live account saying, ‘If we bought the game you’re playing right now, would you write it?’ And this was back in December. It shows you how on-the-ball New Line was. I’m going to write off my Xbox Live this year, accounting-wise.”
Beattie believes that if you tell a good story, audiences will respond, and he thinks the game’s setting and scope will help in that respect.
“For me, it’s a great, rich and unique world that I have never seen before, and it’s a genre that has only been hinted at in films like ‘Aliens,“‘ he said. “The epic sci-fi war movie has yet to be done, and that’s what ‘Gears’ is.”
Official Movie Announcement
Let’s see where this goes.