Back in 2007 New Line picked up the rights to Epic Games‘ first person shooter hit, Gears of War. The production went as far as enlisting Len Wiseman to direct and Stuart Beattie to write the script, then the whole thing stalled out after New Line and Epic couldn’t come to terms about creative differences concerning the project, the project got shelved, and after a time, the rights reverted back to Epic.
The word now is that Scott Stuber (Producer of Battleship, Ted) has come on board to produce and begin the script development process with the creative team over at Epic Games. There’s no writer, director, or distributor attached yet, but Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. You can bet they’ll also be shopping the project out to other studios.
The videogame story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.
We’ll have to wait and see how far the project goes this time around. Epic has been burned once before and it’s not likely they’ll give up much creative control of the video game franchise’s film adaptation. Most video game companies are very tight when it comes to creative control of their properties. It’s hard to blame them though, one bad movie could kill a game franchise in the main stream public arena.