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Another video game franchise gets movie adaptation

Writer: Casey Chong


The "Gears of War" video game series is gearing up for a movie version.

7 Oct – Gamers, one of your favourite video game franchises is officially getting its first ever big screen adaptation.

"Gears of War" is headed to the big screen, according to Variety, though it might not be directly inspired by the video games.

"I think you have to let the movies be the movies," said Rod Fergusson, studio head of game developer at The Coalition.

"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."

First announced in 2007 when New Line Cinema purchased the rights to make a big screen version of the video game franchise, the long-gestating project has stumbled on and off ever since.

At one point, "Underworld" franchise director Len Wiseman was even tapped to direct the movie adaptation.

After years of "development hell", the movie is brought back to life again. This time, it will be developed by Universal Pictures instead with Scott Stuber ("The Kingdom") and Dylan Clark ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") both serving as producers.

"Gears Of War" is a popular third-person shooter video game where a team of soldiers led by Marcus Fenix helps defend the Earth-like planet of Sera from the subterranean creatures known as the Locust Horde. The video game was first released in 2006, followed by two more sequels in 2008 and 2011, and a fourth one releasing soon.

Cinema Online, 07 October 2016

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