Microsoft has confirmed that they are moving forward with the long-rumoured Gears of War movie with the help of Universal Pictures.
First announced in 2007, today Rod Fergusson, studio head of the developers at The Coalition, announced that the project has finally been greenlit.
“Scott Stuber (“Ted” series, “Central Intelligence”) and Dylan Clark (“Planet of the Apes” series, “Oblivion”) will produce for their Universal-based Bluegrass Films. In addition, Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone will oversee the project for Universal and Senior Vice President Jay Ireland will oversee for Bluegrass.”
“I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers,” Fergusson said “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?’”
At this stage no stars, director or release date has been announced yet.