It’s time to load up your chainsaw-shotgun and hitch a ride back to planet Sera, there’s a “Gears of War” movie in the works.
The announcement came during a pre-launch livestream celebrating the upcoming release of “Gears of War 4,” the fifth installment in the Xbox-exclusive video game series that has pitted mankind against such subterranean foes as the Locust Horde and the Lambent. It’s unclear if the movie will be a direct adaptation of one of the series’ plot, or a new story altogether.
“I think you have to let the movies be the movies,” said Rod Fergusson, head of “Gears of War 4” developer The Coalition, in an interview with Variety. “They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie.”
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The adaptation is being helmed by Universal Pictures and will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Stuber is known for producing the 2007 political thriller “The Kingdom” and Clark produced both “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
“Gears of War 4” releases for the Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 11, 2016.
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