During a livestream for the release of the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi shooter video game franchise, Microsoft today confirmed that a film based on the Gears Of War is in development with the rights optioned by Universal. Scott Stuber (Ted series, Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series,Oblivion) are set to produce through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films. No director or screenwriter is attached to the project, nor were any details about the project provided. However, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears of War content and franchise co-creator, said today that the film would not be based on any particular game but would instead be a new story set in the universe.
Set on the fictional planet of Sera, the series follows a squad of beefed up commandos living in a bombed out post-apocalyptic society who battle swarms of alien creatures called Locusts. The first game, released in 2006, has spawned three proper sequels including the just-released Gears Of War 4, as well as a side-story, Gears of War: Judgment. Developed by Epic games, Microsoft acquired the franchise in 2014. The series has grossed $1 billion in grosses since 2007.
It’s the second time a Gears of War film has been in development. The first, announced in 2007, was to come from New Line with director Len Wiseman signing aboard in 2008. Production on that film fell apart in 2010.