Legendary cranking on Gears film

Although some game-to-film adaptations have hit show-stopping snafus in production, the Gears of War film is proceeding with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine. Since New Line Cinema picked up the rights to imprint Marcus Fenix's glowering mug on celluloid last year, a number of high-profile...

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Although some game-to-film adaptations have hit show-stopping snafus in production, the Gears of War film is proceeding with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine. Since New Line Cinema picked up the rights to imprint Marcus Fenix's glowering mug on celluloid last year, a number of high-profile names have been attached to the Epic Games property, including director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard; Underworld: Evolution) as well as writers Chris Morgan (Wanted; The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and Stuart Beattie (Collateral; 30 Days of Night).

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Now, the Gears of War film is getting a bit more lubrication to keep its wheels turning. Variety is reporting today that Legendary Pictures has signed on to cofinance and coproduce the film. Aside from the financing arrangement, no new details concerning the film were revealed, and Variety noted that New Line parent Warner Bros. Entertainment has yet to set a release date for Gears' box-office debut.

Legendary, helmed by Brash Entertainment cofounder Thomas Tull, has had its hand in a number of big-budget blockbusters in recent years. The production house first made its name with the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman Begins, and gained notoriety with the release of last year's cinematic 300. Legendary is also lending its expertise to a film based on Activision Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game hit, World of Warcraft.

The Xbox 360-exclusive Gears of War won universal critical approbation when it was released in November 2006. A sequel to Epic Games' hot property is slated to arrive for Microsoft's console on November 7.

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