By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Gears of War
If there is one truth in Hollywood it is that video game adaptations never seem to fair that well at the box office or (especially) with the critics. OK, OK, I am sure this is one of a thousand truths in Hollywood, but it is a big one that gets put to the test every year. Fortunately for videogamers across the globe, the studios haven't stopped trying and with adaptations such as Halo still coming our way, New Line figured they would try their hand at yet another popular video game franchise.
New Line Acquires Gears of War
New Line has won the battle for feature rights to Microsoft and Epic Games' hugely popular console game Gears of War. The property also came with a 21-page title treatment by Stuart Beattie, who has also been given the task of penning the adaptation.
Gears of War concerns a world reeling from an invasion by aliens known as the Locust. A small group of elite soldiers, including main character Marcus Fennix, who is rescued from prison at the beginning of the game, fight to retake the planet Sera for its surviving humans. Though the story is only touched upon during gameplay, Epic has already developed an extensive backstory it hopes to utilize in the film.
New Line, who has been keen on finding their next big franchise, hopes to have Gears of War ready for theatrical release around the same time a sequel to the video game will become available. This same technique is currently being employed by Scholastic, as the publisher plans to release the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, only a week after the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Multiple mediums add up to much more consumer awareness.
Besides film, Epic is also hoping that Gears of War can transfer into novels.
"We wanted to make an entertainment property that's not just for games but for other media," said Epic VP and co-founder Mark Rein.
"I'm not a gamer, but what blew me away about 'Gears' was how it captures the mythology of a war mission and how high the stakes are," Godfrey told Daily Variety.
A director will be sought out once Beattie finishes an approved script.
The big question now is this: What will be better, Halo or Gears of War? Hard to say, but I still got my money on Halo.