Scott Stuber to produce Gears of War film - Report

Scott Stuber has signed on to produce the film adaptation of Gears of War.

Scott Stuber has signed on to produce and begin work on the script for the Gears of War film, Variety has reported.

Talks to adapt Epic Games’ third-person shooter Gears of War for the big screen have been underway for several years. The project, which was revealed in 2007, encountered development troubles in 2010, and was reportedly revived in 2012.

Stuber is no stranger to the action genre, having produced such films as Safe House and the upcoming 47 Ronin.

Several Hollywood names have been attached to the project in the past, including directors Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire), Len Wiseman (Underworld: Evolution), and writer Chris Morgan (Wanted; The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift). The Creative Arts Agency, which represents Epic Games, was reportedly eager to meet with producers to discuss the film in October last year.

The Lord of the Rings studio New Line originally picked up rights to the movie adaptation, but the project was put on hold in order to focus efforts on the Hobbit trilogy. Stuber reportedly has a first-look deal with Universal.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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JoshGill8
JoshGill8

I love Gears but the movie will suck. It's a combat heavy series and will perform poorly. I think a game with actual narrative or something that would be exciting to watch for two hours would be a better choice (Mass Effect, Uncharted, Halo, hell even SplinterCell). Terrible decision and a waste of money.

tightwad34
tightwad34

For some reason I have a feeling the movie is going to be even more brotastic than the games, if that's even possible. It'll be a total cliche' fest that for some other reason makes me think of the movie Battle: Los Angeles.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I have a feeling they're going to mess up.  The movie Street Fighter comes to mind.

tim1935
tim1935

Screw the Hobbit, it should've never been bloated into a trilogy.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

DAMNIT! I totally had money on Michael Bay.

simo_tmm
simo_tmm

From the producer of Battleship and Identity Thief. I can't wait.

Kawaii_Uguu
Kawaii_Uguu

Why do I keep hearing about videogame films all the time and then nothing ever actually happens?

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

They're gonna fuck it up like they did Judgment. Damn Gears.. I loved you once

thatguy_b
thatguy_b

All I know is Ron Perlman should be Marcus Phoenix

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

I'm really scared of Hollywood and its hunger for large ranged audience movies that tone down violence and gore, and transformed Iron Man 3 in a movie for little babies with their nannies. I'm sure they will completely screw the story, the characters, everything.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Len Wiseman hasn't been good since the first Underworld.  The latest Underworld movie was horrible.  But then again, Gears of War adaptation to film was a bad idea to begin with.

WeskerTeam
WeskerTeam

I hope they don't focus on cgi for the locust. I want to see some well done realistic costumes and makeup like the orcs in the LotR trilogy.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Gears 2 and 3 (haven't finished Judgement yet) have certain moments in their campaigns that are well written and have real emotional weight.

The potential is there for a good Gears movie.

I'd also be happy with a huge-budget, big, dumb, Michael Bay-like version, if they chose to go that route

DEATH775
DEATH775

Ok Gears 1,2 and 3 was awesome. We all know what happen. So they going to make a movie? ok now what the hell is the story going to be? seriously I have no idea what they are going to make here, because we already know what happened in Gears 1,2,3. Just hope that it doesn't suck.

kvan33
kvan33

This makes sense.  The Gears franchise has always been known for its strong story and character development.  

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

I'm betting $ it will be PG-13. Hopefully Epic won't allow that.

Vambran
Vambran

Where is earth in gears of war?

fester420
fester420

This is gonna be a crappy movie, but it could be a decent TV show if it was on HBO or Showtime.

mr_azim
mr_azim

Do you really want the guy wrote Tokyo Drift writing this movie?

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

The locust would look appalling on the big screen unless this has a massive budget, which of course it won't

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Chris Tucker as Cole Train or no sale!

Prats1993
Prats1993

This will be terrible, just like the game, lol.

Adavanter
Adavanter

I cared about the series a bit more in it's prime... but like all things that stayed past it's welcome, I'm having trouble caring now.

It's not that the game has had a terrible run it's just that Judgement seems so phoned in... I didn't know Gears could be so dull. If the games ran out of ideas that fast I'm not to excited about a movie...

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Seeing as we won't get Bioshock after the studio handcuffed Gore Verbinski, the only other movie Id be a little interested in is Halo. Honestly Gears to me is 2nd tear movie. Its a great franchise as a game series, but the story is too similar to Halo , with Halo imo being the better one.

Kickable
Kickable

he's like an assembly line for crap.

Hurvl
Hurvl

The Gears have turned slowly when it comes to many game-to-movie projects and with the reputation that this genre has, I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. GoW could be a good action movie, but I'm not very excited to see it.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I'm really surprised Joel Schumacher isn't involved, what with the game's undertones being something right up his alley.

fatee
fatee moderator

Aka Battleship producer. Enjoy :P

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Will be interesting if they including the so called story of Judgment, hopefully it isn't a copy and paste of the game's story.

gen85
gen85

@JoshGill8  agreed good game but story is not its strongpoint

96augment
96augment

@nocoolnamejim Scott Stuber is just a producer on the film. Micheal Bay could still be a director.

DEATH775
DEATH775

@Spartan_418 Michael Bay hmm, all I can say when I hear that name is big budget action. Would love to see explosion and mayhem on the big screen in Gears.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@DEATH775 It could be a prequel that depicts the actual events of Emergence Day

That's something we haven't seen in the games, aside from very brief intro cutscenes

skayj2
skayj2

@FAIL_TR0LL Wtf? You need Lester Speight, cuz not only is he a big black dude... But he's also Cole's voice.

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

@kiramasaki How... I don't even.


Gears is about human's struggle to survive genocide on an alien world whilst also having to uncover the truth of why the locust emerged and why. Sure the games are just about bulky men but hopefully a film adaptation will improve character building and seeing the world of Sera on the big screen, alongside the mess humans made trying to prevent the horde from reaching their homes will be incredible, if done right.

Halo is amazing, no two ways about it, I just find the characters in Gears to be far more relatable and the stories to not be similar at all. 

My opinion anyways.

silvergol
silvergol

@Hurvl Actually if they do right! gonna be cool.... but.........

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@TheCyborgNinja lelelel I see what you did there

the mere presence of big, burly dudebros in Gears isn't quite the same as putting nipples on the Batsuit, though

tightwad34
tightwad34

@acelogan1989 I always wondered the same thing. And what are these members with the Ranger symbols?

Adavanter
Adavanter

I'll never argue that the Halo narrative was depicted to well in the games until Halo 4. However in the novels… It’s simply a joy to read. I’d follow Dr.Halsey, Cortana or a Spartan 2 story any day versus the entire cast of gears.

You’re certainly not alone though. I’ve got a friend who’d strangle me just for saying that! :P