Marcus Fenix and his squadmates may be heading to the big screen after all. Following a series of delays and expected cancellation, Variety reported Monday that a movie project based on the Gears of War franchise is once again in the works.
No details on cast or director have yet been revealed, but Scott Stuber has reportedly been selected to produce the film based on the sci-fi first person shooter. The game’s developer, Epic Games, is also on board to help develop the script.
The Gears of War franchise debuted in 2006 on the Xbox 360 and tells the story of a future war between humanity and a ruthless alien race known as the Locust. There are four games in the series, including the recently released Gears of War: Judgement, with total sales of about 19 million units.
Plans for a movie based on the games have been in development for over five years. New Line Cinema first acquired the film rights in 2007 but the project was scrapped after “creative differences” between the studio and Epic Games could not be resolved. Epic reportedly began to shop the rights again about six months ago, attaching Mr. Stuber in the process.
Mr. Stuber has produced several recent hits, including Battleship, Ted, and the upcoming 47 Ronin, although this will be his first attempt at producing a film based on a video game. Other film adaptations of games have been largely unsuccessful, including failed attempts to bring the Halo and Bioshock series to theaters.
Mr. Stuber will produce the film through his Bluegrass Films studio and Universal Studios has first look rights to the project. Gears of War fans should just hope that the film doesn’t turn out like 1993’s Super Mario Bros.