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Gears of War coming soon to movie theater near you

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Mar 2007 11:14 User comments (27)

Gears of War coming soon to movie theater near you The mega-popular Xbox 360 video game Gears of War will follow Halo in a transition to film. The film rights to Gears of War have been acquired by New Line Cinema. The title sold more than 3 million copies in 10 weeks after its launch and replaced Halo 2 as the most popular title on the Xbox Live service. It received several awards including "Game of the year" from Gamespot and the Interactive Achievement Awards' "Overall Game of the Year".
Gears of War tells the story about a war between humans and the Locust Horde on the planet of Sera. Players are part of Delta squad as they execute a plan to end the war for good. Lead game designer, Cliff Bleszinski, has been working for screenwriter Stuart Beattie, aiming to create a movie that will appeal to both the fans of the game and regular moviegoers.

The team hopes to create a motion picture that will improve greatly upon several past attempts to bring popular video games to cinema screens. "We're not going to do a to a lowest-common-denominator movie," said producer Matty Bowen, who is working on the project with Wyck Godfrey. "We're going to attempt to elevate it. And we're starting off by having an A-list writer doing it."

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121.3.2007 11:53
adz_fahie
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It will be interesting to see if its any good as most games to film transitions fail horrible *echo's of final fantasy*


adz

221.3.2007 12:06

hopefully its not another doom. God, that movie was terrible

321.3.2007 12:37

This game wasn't really known for it's great story or dialog....

421.3.2007 13:29

Why they arent making movies of Mortal Kombats anymore ?
They were classics ^_^

521.3.2007 13:34

Oh goodyanother "adaptation" to be waped grounded up and regurgitated then watered down for shallow brats because Hollywood's dosent understand they will watch sht twice regardless of what it is.... and

yes I did see Ghost rider.....*sigh*

621.3.2007 14:26

Im actually looking forward to this, because I think the story does lend itself to a movie...see "War of the Worlds" but with actual killing of the aliens...could be good, could be a let down, I'll let my friends see it first then go from there

721.3.2007 14:32

Originally posted by Ankoku:
Im actually looking forward to this, because I think the story does lend itself to a movie...see "War of the Worlds" but with actual killing of the aliens...could be good, could be a let down, I'll let my friends see it first then go from there
my 50/50 in holloywood has been downgraded to a 70/30 LOL

821.3.2007 15:17

It depends really. As already said, Gears does have a potentially excellent storyline, and I, for one, would love to see a really good creation of "emergence day" on big screen :-) This could be done right, I guess we just have to wait and see. Games like Gears and Halo are "huge" so the budget for their movies and the people who work on them should reflect their status.

921.3.2007 19:30

Please god keep uwe boll away from this movie.
-Greg

1021.3.2007 19:47

amen

1122.3.2007 5:38

Hopefully this will be a good moving and not have the characters saying and doing stupid stuff like most game to movie transitions. Oh and I hope they take the time to find people who most likely fit the characters build and personality. Instead of having a guy look like Pee Wee Herman lol with a deep voice carrying a guy that weighs more then him(joke). hahaha

1222.3.2007 9:04

Oh man this is gay, there coming out with movies for every game that sold well? I'm cmon, silent hill (was good but no what I expected), god of war, mgs, now gears of war? What else are they going to do? Final Fantasy? Halo? DMC?

1322.3.2007 9:33

Originally posted by tehjoker:
Oh man this is gay, there coming out with movies for every game that sold well? I'm cmon, silent hill (was good but no what I expected), god of war, mgs, now gears of war? What else are they going to do? Final Fantasy? Halo? DMC?
They've already done a couple FF movies. Halo was almost ready to start being filmed, when something happened. I'm not sure what. Someone help me out here.

cool guygot

1422.3.2007 10:04

Quote:
Originally posted by tehjoker:
Oh man this is gay, there coming out with movies for every game that sold well? I'm cmon, silent hill (was good but no what I expected), god of war, mgs, now gears of war? What else are they going to do? Final Fantasy? Halo? DMC?
They've already done a couple FF movies. Halo was almost ready to start being filmed, when something happened. I'm not sure what. Someone help me out here.
The movie studios backed out after they saw how much it would cost to make, and also didn't like the way the profits were going to be divied:

http://movies.ign.com/articles/740/740704p1.html

1522.3.2007 10:43

Thanks john.

Man, I'm about ready for a Starcraft movie. Or game. Or expansion.
Or even a patch.

Or an announcement about anything.

1622.3.2007 11:07

I guess MS didn't understand a project needs money and that Halo was not a fly by night project they should have pain 10 million into the pot and stuck with their 10% of the profit.


BTW the FF movies are not live action and not US made thus don't really count..well the first one sucked so bad it dose count...but thats beside the point :P

1722.3.2007 18:57

Because I’m a gamer, I own all of the video game movies, but honestly these movies do not have a good track record.

Super Mario Brothers
Double Dragon
Wing Commander
Doom
Resident Evil
Silent Hill
Alone In The Dark
Final Fantasy
Tomb Raider
Mortal Kombat
Bloodrayne
House of the Dead
Street Fighter
Tron


I enjoyed Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat and Tron, but the rest pretty much sucked. The funny thing is that most of these games were huge hits in the arcades and on consoles.

It would seem like it wouldn’t be hard to adapt the immersive storyline to screen. Oh well, only time will tell.

1822.3.2007 21:21

Originally posted by Unfocused:
Because I’m a gamer, I own all of the video game movies, but honestly these movies do not have a good track record.

Super Mario Brothers
Double Dragon
Wing Commander
Doom
Resident Evil
Silent Hill
Alone In The Dark
Final Fantasy
Tomb Raider
Mortal Kombat
Bloodrayne
House of the Dead
Street Fighter
Tron


I enjoyed Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat and Tron, but the rest pretty much sucked. The funny thing is that most of these games were huge hits in the arcades and on consoles.

It would seem like it wouldn’t be hard to adapt the immersive storyline to screen. Oh well, only time will tell.
hollywood tries to hard to convert things in their narrow minded view of what fiction is,thus 90% of game movies will fail.

If hollywood could adapt to the the fiction it would not be so bad (IE treat most heroes as super human,use the magic/powers of the world,find actors that match the look of the character) things would be better.

the only game movie I enjoyed was MK1 and even it was cheesy as all get out,tron was not so bad....
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1923.3.2007 6:56

Why was FF movie bad ( I presume you are takling about the spirits within).
I think that it was better than the avarage crap Hollywood is spaming. Although not exactly a blockbuster it had its unique style and originality ... something most movies lack. Well ... animated character's are a tricky subject and aslo there might be the so called Uncanny Valley effect. I personally didn't experience it. Ofcourse there is the avarge Joey that thinks:
animated = for kids = not cool = bad by definition.
On the other hand FF7:AC as a movie(note a movie that was, unlike "Spirits within", actually based on a game) was horible .. well the cg was awesom but everything else ... it was overblown fanservice for FF7 fans.
I personally am looking forward to Halo movie ... and hope it wont be like Doom (well Doom unlike Halo didn't have much of a story to begin with).

2023.3.2007 7:21

DancingWD
FF:SW fails on the grounds its not FF,sorry but the "lets make something and stick a random brand on it" trend Hollywood dose is auto fail unless the project is REALLY good,FF:SW is a ok movie but I have seen better.

FF7AC is a good movie based on FF7(far from great),I have issues with how metria worked and the stupid gargoyle(bahamat) fight,but over all it portrayed FF is a good light,if you don't like it you probably don't understand "anime" either.

I think what hurt AC the most was the ad libing they did they treated it like some Manga to anime conversions thow out some things and water it down with "things they like",hollywood dose this ALL THE TIME.

the spots I had the most trouble with was the summon fight and the halfbreed POS thing they summoned,the boost jump was quite stupid probably the most cheasst thing I have seen in anime (and I love kids adventure anime,Marchen,Beet,Digimon,ect).

if they treaded it as a normal fight where cloud got knocked down and passed out while they all were fighting and aeries woke him up it would have been allot better than the super corny mega jump thing,they also could have used more of their limit breaks,they got powers and abilities witch were down played a bit to much,all in all its not bad but they could have done better.


Ghost rider wants to me my poke out my eyes.

there is no Halo movie(it was droped) no one will touch it because of the price,and if its made now it will be remade for a low budget POS hollywood likes spamming out.

DOOM 3 had a pretty damn good story,it was simple as simple as the first half of halo 1(before the orcal/flood),the fact they watered down doom to be demonless says it all hollywood is full of hacks,but anime is not clean of them either.

2123.3.2007 8:01

Quote:
Super Mario Brothers
Double Dragon
Wing Commander
Doom
Resident Evil
Silent Hill
Alone In The Dark
Final Fantasy
Tomb Raider
Mortal Kombat
Bloodrayne
House of the Dead
Street Fighter
Tron
I thought Silent Hill was okay. I wasn't a fan of the series, but I watched the movie twice. It wasn't bad.
And mortal kombat?! hahah. The first one was sweet! Not to mention the instant classic soundtrack.
I thought the SF2 Animated version was also really good.

The rest of your list I have no qualms with, though.
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2223.3.2007 8:33

Originally posted by ZIppyDSM:
DancingWD
FF:SW fails on the grounds its not FF,sorry but the "lets make something and stick a random brand on it" trend Hollywood dose is auto fail unless the project is REALLY good,FF:SW is a ok movie but I have seen better.

FF7AC is a good movie based on FF7(far from great),I have issues with how metria worked and the stupid gargoyle(bahamat) fight,but over all it portrayed FF is a good light,if you don't like it you probably don't understand "anime" either.

I think what hurt AC the most was the ad libing they did they treated it like some Manga to anime conversions thow out some things and water it down with "things they like",hollywood dose this ALL THE TIME.

the spots I had the most trouble with was the summon fight and the halfbreed POS thing they summoned,the boost jump was quite stupid probably the most cheasst thing I have seen in anime (and I love kids adventure anime,Marchen,Beet,Digimon,ect).

if they treaded it as a normal fight where cloud got knocked down and passed out while they all were fighting and aeries woke him up it would have been allot better than the super corny mega jump thing,they also could have used more of their limit breaks,they got powers and abilities witch were down played a bit to much,all in all its not bad but they could have done better.

Well FF:SW wasnt based on any specific game but it had the philosofical idea and mystics+scifi technology mix of FF7,8.
It was a Stand Alone Movie an inovative movie and by no standarts bad.

on FF7:AC :D i like anime (not kidie part - the more serious part, think GitS, NGE, KGNE) and I played the game so I enjoyed the film but ... for ppl that haven't played the original FF7, the movie wouldn't make much sence. it's not a stand alone product. While the sound and the graphics are fantastic the story and the characters are not.
also I agree with you about the materia+bahmut summoning part .. WAY to cheasy while the little wolf-things summoning and fighting was fun the whole bahmut schene was like trying to add something that is not necessary :D they tired to force as many elemnts of FF7 into one measly movie and thus failed. (OMG!?!?!? from which bush did Red XIII, Yfie, barret and cid jump out - i know that from Highwind ... but .. what part do they play in the movie? NONE! just an unnecesary decoration).
About Halo movie; Are u sure?... I heard that it MS finaly agreed with some studio recently ... though I'm not sure which one exactly.
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2323.3.2007 11:55

DancingWD
I dont like SW,I understand it but tis just blah ya know?

I like anime and trust me when I say the kiddie stuff can be quit perverus :D ,BTW most kiddie anime is PG13+ they do not go out of thier way to water down stuff,however on a while nudity has taken a hit over the past decade fighting anime and ecchi shows that would normal have free range breasts now have cloths sticking to them like crazy,the days of Ranma 1/2 are over sadly.


however I hate OTT violence and sex anime as it is so lacking in story and charatcers it painful to watch.

I can understand them needing helpers so the summoning of the wolf and other monsters are ok but the disregard for canon metrail is insaly annoying to me,the charatcers ARE good the plot is ok the story could use polish,however the powers were greatly fcked up and misused

as for Red XIII/Yfie/barret/cid they are 2ndry charatcers sadly(were needed to fight bahamanot),the whole cast could not play a large role so in all they could have been handled worse *L* the movie focuses on cloud and the spreading sickness the other charatcers have their own lifes to deal with so so they are not going to get allot of screen time,I wish they would take the theme of FF7:AC add the cloud/whats his name short and make 3 12 ep series off it,

FF7:AC1
first few eps dealing with clouds memories of pre FF7,when he became a super solider,then after 2 or 3 eps of it,he wakes up in his FFAC form the last few eps a dream,for the rest of the show its him and his delivery job fighting once or twice showing up now and then at tifas bar where the kids are.

AC2: this picks up where the movie starts 12 eps of what cloud meting Ross,and showing what the cast is doing(everyone gets a whole ep or half a ep)

AC3:it finishes up any left over character eps then follows the movie with some "adjustments" to the end of the moive.

might need a full 2 26 ep seasons to do it not 3X12...mmmm

oh well wishful thinking....


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2423.3.2007 14:09

The HALO movie atm is on hold 'cause the studios pulled out citing it was too expensive to make goto the links for details. Will this be the same fate for this as well? I hope not.

http://www.variety.com/VR1117952317.html

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/10/20/game-over-for-halo-movie/

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2523.3.2007 14:16

Originally posted by XENON:
The HALO movie atm is on hold 'cause the studios pulled out citing it was too expensive to make goto the links for details. Will this be the same fate for this as well? I hope not.

http://www.variety.com/VR1117952317.html

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/10/20/game-o...-movie/[/quote]

witch means the LOTR style Halo is dead it will most likely get redone for a lower budget with all new crap.

2623.3.2007 14:50

Gay...so they were coming out with a halo movie, X_X. I think that if hollywood is going to make movies out of games that were a hit, atleast use the damn game and game creators as a guideline. Just because the game was good, doesnt mean the movie will be good as well. But the first mortal kombat movie was good tho, you have to admit that.




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2722.8.2007 12:29

I was at my local Gamestop yesterday and overheard the salesman say that Gears of War 2 was coming out July 2008.Hopefully he's not full of crap.

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