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Are The GEARS OF WAR Finally In Motion??

Merrick here...
A while back, IESB reported that Len Wiseman was angling to direct a movie based on the XBOX 360 video game GEARS OF WAR.
This was around the same time that Wiseman was closing in on the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake (read my review of Ken Nolan's script HERE). EFNY went radio silent and was never heard from again. But talk of GEARS persisted, usually with Wiseman indicated as its unofficial director. Stuart Beattie scripted a draft which was quickly leaked & vivisected on the Internet (you can still find reviews online). Still, the project seemed to be crawling. Now comes word that Wiseman has officially signed on to direct the film. And, it seems, a new writer is being brought in - Chris Morgan (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, the upcoming FAST AND FURIOUS, and the soon-to-be-released WANTED).
Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save Sera's inhabitants.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter, which also includes some comments on adapting games to film from GEARS design director Cliff Bleszinski.

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  • June 17, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Oh Boy...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Will the entire film be filmed with a blue tint? Maybe Weisman should direct the Smurfs movie instead?

  • June 17, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by forrestal_was_good

    Enough with the video game adaptations. I'm begging you...

  • June 17, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Gears of War "finally" in motion?

    by The Grug

    The damn thing only came out like a year ago. Somehow I doubt this is going to be any good.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Well, I reported this

    by Shaun of the Dead

    on the ROUNDTABLE talkback, having read it on the EMPIRE website. Man, AICN is slow.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    GAME ON!

    by Budcrud

  • June 17, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Not Again

    by Laughing Irishman

    Can't we just let the games tell their own stories and let movies be original? Why fuck up something that in its own right is already good. I personally didn't like the Gears of War gameplay, but it told a decent story. I'd rather see more things like Southland Tales, Wanted, and BabylonAD. Enough with the games to movies.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Live Free Die Hard

    by skimn

    was basically a video game movie with the indestructible John McClane hitting reset after every injury, so why should an actual GOOD director be attached to this? Video game adaptations are their own genre, trying to satisfy the gamers and movie goers and they never work. EVEN Silent Hill, so don't bring that up.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    everyone thought this would be awesome

    by ArcadianDS

    until they finished the game and realized it was the dumbest final fight ever, and would make for a really lousy movie.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    that quote is about a video game, not a movie.<p> Unless this movie has "players"

  • June 17, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    its got bay written all over it

    by ValMcKee

    starring bruce willis

  • June 17, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Who is Wiseman blowing?

    by RowdyRoddyStriper

    Whose dick is Wiseman sucking to still be getting jobs? Who is his uncle?

  • June 17, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Merricks Descriptions


    Merrick's article headlines poke you in the eye. I can tell it's going to be his article before I click the link, can everyone else? Not sure if that is a good thing or bad...

  • June 17, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield 2: Your in the Army now.

    by Diagnostic


  • June 17, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Live Free or Die Hard

    by kwisatzhaderach

    was nothing like a Die Hard movie. Len Wiseman is the very definition of the word hack.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Another bug hunt.

    by Clumzor

    Sure would be nice to see Space Marines done right again. Doubt this will do it but it's always nice to see another shot at it.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Don't fuck it up!

    by TheJake

    Nuff said.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Was thinking the same thing, Clumzor

    by moondoggy2u

    Since its obvious we'll never get a Space Marines movie (other than Aliens), this will do just fine, I think.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Wiseman is the new Ratner!

    by Judge Briggs

    Really is!

  • June 17, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Not Wise!


    These sentences do not bode well -<P>Writer of Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift!?<P>director of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake<P>a movie based on the XBOX 360 video game! <P>Spells Doom!

  • June 17, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    DAMN! I thought I was going to see the words

    by Series7

    Uwe Boll attached to this. But then again that would break the first rule of Boll Club.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Who cares

    by Series7

    Tell me when you got more news about the Pixar adaptation of Mario.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    who gives a fuck

    by long live the new chris

  • June 17, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The games story is awful.

    by knowthyself

    How can it possibly be a good movie? The game is fun but that's only because your playing it and not watching it for two hours.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Awesome Two Face Clip Online

    by fassbinder79

  • June 17, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Agreed: the game's plot was lame and paper thin

    by Frisco

    Once they take out the critters lifted directly from "Pitch Black" there will be even less story to tell. Usually it's a struggle to cut a game's story down to the point where you can tell it well in a 90 minute movie, but here they're going to have to pad it. That, and if they stay true to the color palette of the game then the movie is going to make "Minority Report" look like "The Wizard of Oz."

  • June 17, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Len Wiseman is the most average director ever

    by grungies

    Seriously, he's competent enough to be bearable but never interesting enough to be good.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    most average director ever is

    by m_reporter

    Brett Ratner, but not in the Salieri kind of way. Wiesman is much worse than the rat though.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Talk about an ideal Stan Winston project

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...such a shame :(

  • June 17, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Does anyone

    by Mr. Lahey

    remember that plant review of Tokyo Drift where the reviewer said that all the kids were so excited from seeing the movie that they were all out in the parking lot afterwards celebrating and drifting their cars around? I'm sure it was better than the movie itself.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I just finished MGS4 2 days back...

    by Johnno

    And holy shit that's what I call a conclusion to an epic story!!! Anyway, considering the plot of Gears of War it's not surprising that they got this director and writer, I mean... honestly... Gears is a testostorone fratboy fest, and frankly that's probably the way it ought to be and the movie should reflect it to cater to its audience... Gears can only be a fun summer movie with a lot of badass scenes and enjoyable badass characters cracking jokes and swearing and chainsawing things. Those early 'Mad World' commercials were funny as hell because they in no way reflected the actual tone of the game itself, hahaha! There's nothing sentimental about it at all! Anyway AICN, if you've got some time to kill, it would be awesome if you could chase down that story about Paul Thomas Anderson being interested in doing Metal Gear Solid.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Wiseman is a hired what?

    by drewlicious

    He's not a visionary but all of his movies are done pretty efficiently and have a good look to them. Die Hard 4 wasn't a masterpiece but it was immensely entertaining so I can forgive him for not being a visionary. Look at the other end of the scale, Oliver Stone is considered a visionary and he hasn't made a good film since......hmmmm.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Laughing Irishman

    by Laughing Irishman

    I didn't see the Theatrical Release of Die Hard 4, I saw the Unrated DVD version and loved it. Thought it was smartly done for an action flick. Justin Long wasn't as bad as I thought he was going to be.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Cliff is a retarded network admin

    by hatespeech

    who fucking cares about another videogame movie, they're all fucking retarded.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    At last! The long awaited Gears movie!

    by kafka07

    WHo cares? I crap bigger than that monster.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I thought it was set on planet earth & the locust attack

    by Orionsangels

  • June 17, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    hatespeech, spoken like a guy who hasn't played video games

    by Orionsangels

    since pac-man

  • June 17, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I will say one thing about video games...

    by drewlicious

    The makers have put together some great monsters. From the looks of the creatures I've seen in Gears of War (I haven't played video games in years) there's more creativity flowing in these things than I've seen in movies lately. If I had to guess why it would be that these things are created on how effectively they can kill you and it just goes from there. They should really apply the same logical principal to movie monsters. With Stan Winston gone we need a new genius.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    the only good bug is a dead bug!!

    by BatPsycho

    this movie so better not suck.. and rate it R!!!!!

  • June 17, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Please Make It Gritty!

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Not like Underworld. Please get line backers. Not the Rock. Not any wrestlers. Please get the costumes right. & NOT every battle scene needs to be during night time! Why do you think people liked Spiderman so much?! & PLEASE!!! No LOVE STORY! Unless its an off character who needs to get back to his wife and kids. Marcus does not need any snatch!

  • June 17, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    just saw die hard 4 yesterday

    by juice willis

    i thought dh3 sucked, but this might as well have been another character/universe, entirely. fucking retarded. seriously fucking retarded.

  • June 17, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tokyo Drift was pretty poor

    by Ecto-1

    as are all of those Fast and Furious movies. And from the trailers that I've seen, Wanted looks just the same.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    WWE's Batista as Marcus Phoenix

    by Phil Connors

    It doesn't matter if he can act cux the character is about as one dimensional as a wrestler.

  • June 17, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by Laza-rus

    ...maybe they'll make a video game adaptation and then base a movie off of that... Without an XBox controller in your hand, I can't see this film having much merit.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I pray to CROM for the destruction of hollywood...

    by Prossor

    i pray for the superhero/videogame/prequel/remake/sequel Holocaust thats been going on since the 80's to end. please noble Crom and your winged horde in the glory gates above perched on your bleak mountain, descend from the yellowy yonder and onto that foul city and waft the blood out from the mummified inhabitants and creativity cannibals so that whenever us lowly plebes may go there with an idea unheard, that it may gently lap against our weary and warm ankles and wash away the caked shit from the walls and ground.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Gears of War

    by calnorso

    This is the best game out there, it just begs to be made into a film. And seriously, those who say that the plot is razor thin. Most movies that get made have less of a plot than this, I think video games get a bad reputation just because their video games and not your precious "Graphic Novels" that everyone here adores so much.

  • June 17, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Gears of Peace

    by Iowa Snot Client

    War is bad, m'kay?

  • June 17, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Marcus Fenix is Al Jourgensen on steroids

    by HarrysTitCheese

    Come on, give Grandpa Al the juice for a year, tell him it's heroin and he'd be the perfect Marcus.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch: RE Halo

    by DarthFlynn

    while i agree most games would make a piss-poor movie, the Halo story streatches well beyond the games. If you read the novels too (barring The Flood, which is the poorest of the lot imo as it basically recounts the events of the first game) then you'd see that there is a *lot* of charecterisation, etc, going on in this 'universe,' and you could definitely make a pretty good sci-fi action flick out of it.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I actually feel bad for non-gamers

    by Orionsangels

    You're missing out on some great stories. GTAIV is an amazing movie.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    In shocking news, GOW will be filmed entirely in blue tones...

    by qweruiop

    ..director Wiseman said. He said it will be a completely original take from his previous movies, and that it will be something his fans have never seen before. Strange enough, before taking on GOW Wiseman had previously turned down making a Smurfs movie, a Blue man group movie, and a documentary about the blue whale and blue bell ice cream, saying those movies would not be blue enough.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Umm... Dino Riders anyone?

    by The Grug

    That's what the monsters in the game look like.

  • June 17, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by tenfingersofdoom

    fuck this I want a goddamn halo movie!

  • June 17, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    I like Wiseman

    by MondoGundark

    He can cobble some fairly good action scenes together, plus he's married to 'you know who'. :)

  • June 18, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Long as someone gets a chainsaw bayonet to the face...

    by KongMonkey

    I'm there.

  • June 18, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Que Sera, Sera

    by DarthBakpao

    Wow, will it be as good as Doom?

  • June 18, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck Len wiseman, just gimmie GOW2 this fall!

    by Stalkeye

    In the meantime, I'm gonna finally open my copy of MGS4 this weekend, (well that and Ninja gaiden 2)which should tie me down during this summer especially since there's not many game releases from june till late august.

  • June 18, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Speaking of metal gear solid.

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    Why not make a movie about that instead? It would be way more interesting and then we can have three people in cinema history to be called Snake.

  • June 18, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I bet it will be PG-13!!!

    by wowsucks

    Sounds dumb, think they will add scenes of LAG in the movie to simulate online game play! :) Halo could at the least, have a story to build a fun war movie off of.

  • June 18, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Best movie based on a game ever...

    by Nozoki

    Clue. And that was a board game. Source material is not important if you have a great script and a killer cast. The people behind Clue could have made a film based on Count Chocula and it would still be better than anything coming out these days.

  • June 18, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    That was one of the all-time great plant reviews ever posted on this site. That drifting in the parking lot bit was an obvious lie, much like the infamous "chest-bumping fat kids". She also stated in that review that: "this movie is da booooommmb!!!"

  • June 18, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    MGS4 was a great action movie...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    The game was decent but the action was rather good. GTAIV was a better game though....

  • June 19, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Uwe Bol for GoW !

    by ScottinDC

    It makes complete sense...he's the king of directing piss poor overrated game adaptations and bringing them to the big screen. So why not have him tackle a cool looking game with little plot and no chance of working on the big screen? (A bunch of guys fighting aliens in a post-apocolyptic city! Never seen that before!). The game adaptation fad needs to shit the bed with Alone In The Dark and Doom...and even Silent Hill and the Resident Evil movies couldn't save it.