After years of talk about a possible adaptation for Gears of War, it was officially revealed that Universal would be developing a movie based on the classic Xbox IP alongside Microsoft and The Coalition. That was back in 2016. Now, we finally have some new information on the project courtesy of IGN and The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson.
During an interview with IGN, Fergusson revealed that the movie will divulge from the Gears of War games:
“In order for the movie to be successful, it has to be a great movie first and a Gears movie second. Basically the way that we sort of reconciled that was, we said, ‘oh the movie should be an alternate reality. It should not be dependent on the game story, nor should it influence the game story.’”
“I’ve heard of other franchises who come with this really large story Bible and this really sort of, here are all the rules now go and deal with 700 pages of how you live in our world. When we did it, we were two pages. I was like, ‘Here’s two pages of thou shall nots and recommendations.’ We want people to have the freedom to have new ideas and to take things differently.”
So, it looks like the Gears of War film will not be a straight-up adaptation to the Gears of War franchise as we know it today but Fergusson did say that the movie will feature a few characters from the game and would still take place on Sera.
Video game movie adaptations are tricky. Other than a select few titles, most of them end up as mediocre or borderline horrendous movies. While Detective Pikachu mostly worked and 2018’s Tomb Raider had its moments, there are many movies that have been ridiculed for years by video game fans and critics alike. Adaptations for Resident Evil, Ratchet and Clank, and even Assassin’s Creed come to mind when you think about lackluster game to movie adaptations. Here’s hoping Gears of War finds better success.
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