The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson announced in a Gears of War 4 launch livestream last night that the franchise is being adapted for the big screen by Universal Pictures, and if it isn’t called Saving Private Carmine, I’m going to be so upset.
“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,” Fergusson told Variety.
Producers Scott Stuber (Ted, The Kingdom) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) are already attached to the project, but no writer or director has been confirmed, nor the film’s setting. Whether or not it will feature existing characters from the games or an entirely new story is a matter of speculation for the moment.
“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,” Fergusson explained.
“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?’”
It’s not the first time that a Gears of War movie has been announced, though. Back in 2007 when the first game launched, New Line Cinema acquired the film rights with Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and, later, Chris Morgan (Wanted, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) on script duty and Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) in the director’s chair. Production tripped up when Wiseman left the project in 2010, and then… nothing. Maybe it was eaten by a giant worm.