Former New Line producer says Scott eagerly sought director's chair for movie based on Epic Games' shooter series.
Top Gun and Man on Fire director Tony Scott, who jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, wanted to direct the forthcoming Gears of War movie, according to tweets from former New Line Cinema producer Jeff Katz.
"When we acquired Gears of War at New Line, [Tony Scott] badly wanted to direct. Chased it hard," Katz said.
"It didn't work out, but I always loved the idea of seeing him play in that sort of Ridley-adjacent space, which he'd really avoided. I'll always wish it happened," he added.
Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski responded to Katz's tweets, adding that he recalls Scott's enthusiasm during a meeting about the project.
"I remember the meeting," he said. "He had a video presentation and everything. He told stories about filming Man on Fire in Mexico."
The Gears of War movie has been long in development. Lord of the Rings studio New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the film in 2007, with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman coming aboard in 2008, before dropping from the movie in 2010. The current status of the project is unknown.
While I can understand why Scott killed himself, I cant say I would have done the same. If I ever get the same kind of news, my death certificate will read "death by drug fueled sex orgy". I feel that once you know your time is close, its time to heavily indulge in all the stuff thats really bad for you. Hell, if I had Scotts money I would have blown most of it on all the cool stuff average people cant do like paying the Russians to take me to space.
Who knows maybe scott had his bender and this was his finally. I really hope he did. I hope he didnt just succumb to the depression of it and head straight for the bridge.
In my opinion, with all due respect to Tony Scott, I hate to burst his bubble if he was still alive, but it would a horrible idea to direct a Gear of War movie, since most hollywood video game movies are awful.
If there's any any people I absolutely despise, it's the people who keeps putting on the tough act to criticise someone who killed themselves. Whatever the **** happened to free will? It's their own life to do whatever they like. It's like he doesn't owe them anything.
Although I've seen only True Romance, I thought he was a great director. I know he made more famous movies. At least his name will be in the history. R.i.p
The police are just the same as servers at McDonalds but paid a lot more, neither give a toss about you or their job...
I still find it hard to believe that Tony Scott killed himself. I guess after he found out that he had brain cancer, he decided to take his own life. He seemed to have a lot to live for (his family, children, wife, kids, film career, etc).
That's just tragic beyond belief, and I personally don't agree with what he ultimately did. Suicide is never ever the solution.
"Top Gun 2" was in the works with him & Tom Cruise for 2013, but I have no idea what will happen to that project.
Tony Scott could have done a good job directing a "Gears of War" film, but I guess we will never get to find out now.
With Tony Scott gone I hope that someone else takes over that can finish Top Gun 2 in his place. Maybe his brother Ridley Scott could do it.
@GAME-QUEST-EX I don't agree with the way how Tony took his life, but i can understand why he did it. You will lose a lot of your memory over time, you can't do much anymore and you suffer a lot of pain. Its not a easy thing to handle, and death will become a welcoming friend. I guess he wanted to end it on his terms and before he would forget who his family is, who his friends are, what he did in life and before the pain and decay would start.
Still suicide in public and just with a note is not something i would have done either.
May he rest in peace though, he was a great man and will be missed.
My disagreement with Tony Scott's suicide is not me trying to pass judgment against him. But, did he really think things through more carefully?
Some people are already wondering if the very brain cancer that afflicted him, was already beginning to affect his decision-making processes, in terms of him deciding to go and commit suicide. I'm no medical expert, so I can't even begin to answer those questions with any amount of certainty or clarity.
Socially & culturally speaking, suicide is an ugly thing to do (it is still the taking of a life), and it's going to become a major problem for his family to deal with in the aftermath, for years to come.
Imagine all the questions they are going to have about what they could have done to help him out, or to prevent his suicide. How are his children or his wife, going to come to terms with why their father killed himself? Things like that don't just go away.
@GAME-QUEST-EX ...hmm, Tom Cruise, eh? Well that explains the wording of his being sought for directing...Tommy's newest persona is a cloning genius whose calling (i.e. 'voices') it is to bring about the resurrection of--TONY SCOTT, none other!!
Tell us more about your thoughts. Please fill us in great one. We want to read your positive messages on the forum. Who are you again? STFU LOSER.
@hippiesanta It certainly is an irrational way to go, 'irrational' in lieu of words far more critical of such a person. In all cases I see so much more value in SIMPLY LIVING another day and seeing that things really aren't that bad.
@hippiesanta and yet you don't know the situation that people are in when they take their own lives, to say you 'have no respect' is a horrible thing to say.
@sonicare Usually?... ALWAYS!!
@sonicare Potentially good video game movies almost never have a chance to get made; they end up in production hell because studios are afraid to spend money on them.
Look what happened to Halo, Uncharted, Bioshock, and of course Gears.
@Spartan_418 I was really excited for Bioshock movie. And it looks like the Halo movie might actually go forward (depending on how Halo 4 perform commercially of course)!
Most are, but not all.
I personally thought "Prince of Persia" was good.
@GAME-QUEST-EX Well Prince of Persia's story was basically nonexistent and I was sitting through the movie and wondering if any of the people involved had actually played any of the games and seen the great story in them. With that said the action was good and the free running stuff was great. Yes it is probably one of the best video game movies. What they need to do is bring in serious directors like they did for the comic books and maybe we can get good movies on the same level as The Avengers (hopefully!)
Like I stated earlier, "Prince of Persia" was a good film.
The story-line worked, for whatever reason. I never over-analyzed it, or compared it to the games too much. I was well aware of how different the plot was from the game series, but since the movie worked out pretty well, no complaints from me.
As for serious directors to make better video game movies, good luck with that one, LOL! I'm waiting for that to happen with more frequency.
For example, had Tony Scott lived, he might have made a "Gears of War" movie work out well, considering his often "gritty style" of filming.
I was pretty bummed all day yesterday upon hearing the sad news of Mr. Scott's death. He was a talented director who made entertaining films. Very sad for his family. And for those of you who keep spouting "he's week" or "he's a coward" for doing what he did; as much as you have a right to state your opinion, just shut the f**k up. Keep the negative comments to yourself. You have absolutly NO CLUE what the man was going through. Maybe his mental state was impaired. He had already gone through cancer treatment once, and maybe the thought of going through it again was too much. Who knows? Certanily no one here. I too, have lost numerous relatives to cancers of various types, and towards the end, a few had wished they could have ended it sooner rather than live through the pain. Don't judge the man. You have no right.
My father had an inoperable brain tumor. He survived 1.5 years. During that time, he lived like he had no fear, and I know they were great. Live life to the fullest. Suicide is a shelfish act. He just took away his wife and kids life insurance either way.
@Richisaninja really life insurance??? you know how rich this guy is.... he is the brother of ridley scott lol.
@jark888 That might explain his rationale for suicide to some extent, at least as far as I can see. That tells a lot actually. Though I'm sure that's not so very cryptic for most people anyway...
IF he had an inoperable brain tumor, my condolences. In that circumstance I think a person fully has the right to choose how they should die.
IF he didn't and he just decided it was over, I have no sympathy because there are so many people worse off that continue to fight and live. And people that kill themselves because "life is tough" are cowards and weak.
The above is my personal opinion which YOU might disagree with. If that's the case: Tough shit. Deal with it.
@Kravyn81 HE had incurable brain cancer. Just so YOU know.
@Kravyn81 to have such a cold opinion, you obviously have no understanding of mental illness. it can ruin lives without being noticed. when people show no sympathy towards people who psychologically suffer, this happens. suicide is no laughing matter.having said that, your opinion is your own and i respect that, even though i vehemently disagree with it.
@isshiah No, suicide is no laughing matter. Was I laughing? And mental illness is different than an inoperable tumor which, again, wasn't even mentioned.
I think I made myself clear when I said people who are healthy and just decide to kill themselves deserve no sympathy. Speaking as SOMEONE with a genetic disease that is also currently incurable and degenerative I think I have a better grasp on the value of life than you.
@Kravyn81 you are jumping to conclusions about me, but you have my sympathy for your condition.i don't know if tony scott had a mental illness, but that wasn't the topic. my topic was that mental illness and depression are very serious topics and casting aside people who commit suicide, with no visible cause, as cowards is not a good attitude. i wouldn't wish depression on my worst enemy. the whole point of it is that you have seemingly inescapable feeling of hopelessness and sadness for years or decades, largely without cause. that may seem stupid to you, but it is reality to many people.i'm not trying to argue with you, just in case i seem argumentative. i just think sympathy is needed here, whatever the cause.
I was shocked to hear about his death by Bridge jump yesterday. I own many of his films. Curious about this GeoW 411, he could have done the film justice.
Dark bad taste humor alert:
A Gears of War movie as his last work before he died of a brain tumor was the reason he commited suicide.
It's a shame they ignored his interest. Tony Scott was definitely a director who, at worst, would have made a really entertaining GoW movie.
@KamuiFei I have read that he was suffering from a brain cancer that could not be cured . I do not know if it is true . But it would make sense .
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