After almost a decade in development hell, Microsoft and The Coalition have partnered with Universal to bring Gears of War to the big screen. Rod Ferguson, the head the head of Coalition Studios made the announcement today during a live stream event for Gears of War 4.
Ferguson said that Gears would require a better story in order to be adapted to film.
“When you do a movie like this, you have to … realize that it’s a different medium with a different audience, I think if you were to go in and say, like, ‘OK, it’s got to be completely 100 percent faithful to the game canon,’ or the story of the game, like, what’s going to end up happening is … it’s not going to be the best movie. The big thing we’re really trying to focus on is making the best Gears movie possible, as opposed to the one that’s the most closest to the game…I want it to be this thing where it feels authentic to Gears of War, but I want it to, like, blow people’s minds because it’s actually a great movie first, and then it pays homage to the source material second.”
This is the second time a Gears movie has been in the works. In 2007 Newline Cinema was attached to produce the film back when Epic Games still owned the franchise. While that never panned out, it looks like we may finally see Marcus Phoneix on the big screen.
As of now no other information has been released so we’ll have to wait and see for a release window.
Gears of War 4 launches on Xbox One and Windows PC on October 11th.