Veteran film Producers Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence, Patriots Day) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will now serve of Producers on the Gears of War project under their Universal-based banner Bluegrass Films. No director or screenwriter has been attached to the project, though the studio head of game developer The Coalition, Rod Fergusson, said that the film will be a new story set in the universe rather than follow on any particular game.
Speaking with Variety, Fergusson said:
As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie. We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect. I think you have to let the movies be the movies. 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?’
Gears of War is set on the fictional planet of Sera, the series follows a squad of commandos living in a bombed out post-apocalyptic society who battle swarms of creatures called Locusts.