Fans of the Gears of War video game who were looking forward to seeing a big screen adaptation have had a lot of waiting to do over recent years, and it doesn’t look like the waiting will end any time soon.
Since Underworld director Len Wiseman was hired to direct back in 2008 the film has been in development hell for two years. Wanted writer Chris Morgan was hired to work on the script and last year he said the scope of the movie is “huge”, saying “look at the game and the scenario — the fact that the world is being taken over by the Locust, it has to be huge.” Len Wiseman was also thinking big, saying he planned on making a trilogy that would be “a harder edged Lord of the Rings”.
You would have thought that New Line, who produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy, would jump at the chance to create another epic franchise. However times have changed (New Line are now owned by Warner Bros. for one) and it seems they are less willing to take big financial risks.
From The L.A Times:
The studio has now cut the budget, going from a film that would have cost more than $100 million to one that will cost a good chunk less than that. It’s also reined in the story, turning it into a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story instead of a sprawling epic. Producers are looking for a new writer to handle all this, but haven’t found one yet. And Wiseman, while technically still attached, will likely not be a part of it when all is said and done.
It looks like they are back to square one. After finding a writer they’ll probably have to find another director, and then if New Line are happy with the budget the Gears of War movie may finally move beyond the scripting stage, albeit cheaper and less epic.
Any Gear of War fans have an opinion on this? Would you have preferred a $100+ million epic version, or would you be happy with a simpler, straight-ahead invasion story?