Universal Pictures announced Shane Salerno was hired to write the script of Gears of War’s movie adaptation.
Salerno’s work as a writer includes movies like Shaft, Savages, Ghost Rider, Aliens vs Predators and its sequel, the upcoming four sequels of James Cameron’s Avatar and the TV series Hawaii Five-O.
The movie adaptation of Gears of War is a collaborative effort between Universal and Microsoft. It was originally announced in 2007 but the production ran into trouble over the years. Eventually the rights were acquired by Universal and a new announcement was made last year during a livestream of Gears of War 4, were Rod Fergusson, Head of The Coalition studio, also said this movie won’t adapt the story of any specific game of the series. It’ll have a new story set in the same universe:
“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. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie. That’s one of the great things about working with Universal, we’re finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking ‘OK what makes a great movie?’
Beyond that, we know the movie will be produced by Dylan Clark (Oblivion, The Batman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and overseen by Jon Mone from Universal and Marc Sachnoff from Xbox. They’re yet to announce details about the cast and premiere dates.
Stay tuned for future updates.