Plans to bring Gears of War to the big screen are being revived. That's according to Hollywood news site Variety, which reports that the Creative Artists Agency--which reportedly represents Epic Games--is "eager" to meet with producers in the weeks ahead to discuss returning to work on adapting the series for the silver screen.
The film has been in development since 2007 at Lord of the Rings studio New Line, but the site points out that the company has put the film on hold to focus its efforts on Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trilogy. It is not clear which production company CAA plans to pitch the project to.
Epic Games was not immediately available for comment.
It was also believed that the late Man on Fire and Top Gun director Tony Scott was very eager to direct the film.
Whatever the case, the project will proceed without former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski. He left the Cary, North Carolina-based studio last week after 20 years to "chart the next stage" of his career.
The next entry in the Gears of War series--Gears of War Judgement--is due out March 19, 2013 exclusively for Xbox 360. It is being developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, a Polish studio that recently became a wholly owned Epic Games outfit.