The presumption was that 2016 was going to be a video game movie renaissance, but Angry Birds tanked, Warcraft was barely a success with lots of help from China, and now all hopes lay on Assassin’s Creed, and the reboot of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Truly, the idea that video game gold can be turned into cinema success is unlikely to go away as the possibility of big bank by expanding to video game-based films is too enticing, so it should come as no surprise that video game companies will keep trying. Next up is Coalition Studios who are now hoping to turn the Xbox series Gears of War into a major motion picture franchise.
In the midst of preparing for the launch of the newest Gears of War installment, Gears of War 4 (which is somehow the fifth game), Coalition Studios head Rod Fergusson announced that he’s teaming up with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark and their production company Bluegrass Films to make a Gears of War movie for Universal Studios. Clark and Stuber’s previous efforts include the two most recent Planet of the Apes movie, and the post-apocalyptic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise, so clearly these guys know something about ambitious sci-fi. It’s suggests that making a Gears of War movie is no mere lark for Universal or Coalition.
If you’ve never played the game series, Gears of War is an ultra-violent third person shooter that takes place on an alien world called Sera, an Earth-like planet settled by humans. After years of international conflict the people must face the threat of the Locust, powerful aliens that can burrow underground and basically forced the population into laying waste to the whole planet save for one city built on solid rock that prevents the Locust from using their biggest advantage. No word yet obviously on a release date, director, cast, or screenwriters for the film.
Gears of War 4, meanwhile, will be available in stores everywhere on October 16. We’ll have more details about the Gears of War movie as they become available.