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On March 20, 2007, it was announced that New Line Cinema had purchased the rights to make a Gears of War film, with Stuart Beattie writing the script along with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who will be producing it. Producer Wyck Godfrey said of the film adaptation, "I'm not a gamer, but what blew me away about Gears was how it captures the mythology of a war mission and how high the stakes are." On August 3, 2007, AICN.com reported that Len Wiseman was to direct the movie adaptation of Gears of War. Though on March 30, 2007, Godfrey stated that they have "a director we're about to attach" in order to film the movie during 2009 and release in 2010.
Wiseman was officially signed on in June 2008 with Chris Morgan performing script rewrites. Morgan hinted on televised coverage of Comic Con 2008 that the film would be a prequel to the first game, "it could explain how Marcus (Fenix) got his scar." According to Morgan, Wiseman "wants to make it as realistic as possible, and to blur those lines where your mind says, "Oh, it's a big CGI film".
In 2010, the movie started having problems when Wiseman left production and budget was cut.
New Line Grabs Gears of War Rights
In March 21st 2007, New Line Cinema has acquired the feature film rights to Epic Games' award-winning video game, Gears of War, with writer Stuart Beattie attached to adapt the project and Temple Hill Entertainment set to produce. The announcement was made jointly by New Line Production President Toby Emmerich and Epic Games' VP and co-founder Mark Rein.
Gears of Wars is being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (I, Robot, Daddy Day Care) through their Temple Hill Entertainment production company. The project is being overseen for New Line by production executives Cale Boyter and Jeff Katz.
Announcement of Official Shooting Date and Movie Release Dates
Twilight (2008) movie producer updates the status of the proposed Gears of War video game adaptation, by announcing that they have acquired a finalized script while finalizing a director to be attach to the production. The movie shooting is to start by early 2009 with a planned released for the summer of 2010.
Chris Morgan (Wanted, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) is writing a new draft of the action film that Stuart Beattie originally tackled.
Wiseman will develop the story with Morgan. The two are also collaborating on the sci-fi action thriller Shell Game at Lakeshore Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.
Variety reports that Gears of War has received a boost from Legendary Pictures, which is coming on board to co-finance and co-produce the project based on Microsoft and Epic Games' hit video game.
It's the first New Line project that Legendary has signed onto since the mini-major was folded into Warner Bros. earlier this year. Legendary has a deal to co-finance and co-produce at WB. "Gears" lead designer Cliff Bleszinski is executive producing and consulting for developer Epic, which owns the rights.
At the Comic-Con of 2009, the Gears panel talked about the film. Not much was mentioned but they did say Emergence Day will be in the film. Cliff was asked if Kate Beckinsale (Actress of Click, Van Helsing, and Underworld) would be in the movie, and Cliff loved the idea and would like to convince her to be in the film as Maria Santiago. In the interview Stuart Beattie and Cliff Blezinski had with G4TV they also confirmed that the characters of at least JACK, Dominic Santiago and Marcus Fenix would make an on-screen appearance in the film and that some new movie exclusive characters will be included in the film.
The Gears of War movie has come under a lot of strain since Comic Con 2009. Rumors began to fly around that there were problems, and after they were quelled, production slowed down. New Line has since cut the $100 Million US dollar budget down to an unspecified amount that is considerably lower and the director Len Wiseman left production to instead work on a different film. With the departure of Len Wisemen, Kate Beckinsale's potential in the movie drastically decreases because her potential was tied to her husband, Len Wiseman. Also as a result, the producers are looking for a new writer as well, as the story has been scaled back from an epic to a straight forward invasion. 
At Comic-Con 2010, Cliff alluded that the film was being rewritten for the big screen and that he expected the film to be done sometime in 2012.
In 2016, during a livestream, Rod Fergusson confirmed that a Gears of War film was happening as a collaboration between Microsoft and Universal. He stated that the film would not necessarily follow the plot of the games.
In 2018, it was stated that F. Scott Frazier would write the film.
in 2019, it was (re)confirmed that the film was in development.
|Gears of War series|
|Main Games:||Gears of War (♫) • Gears of War 2 (♫) • Gears of War 3 (♫) • Gears of War 4 (♫) • Gears 5 (♫)|
|Other Games:||RAAM's Shadow • Gears of War: Judgment (♫) • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition • Gears Pop! • Gears Tactics • Gears: Hivebusters|
|Books:||Aspho Fields • Jacinto's Remnant • Anvil Gate • Coalition's End • The Slab • Kilo Squad: The Survivor's Log • Ascendance • Bloodlines|
|Comics:||Hollow • Barren • A Pendulum Wars Story • Dirty Little Secrets • The Rise of RAAM • Hivebusters • Stand-Alone Issues |
|Booklets and Guides:||Destroyed Beauty • Beneath the Surface • The Art of Gears of War • The Art of Gears of War 3 • The Poster Collection • The Art of Gears of War 4 • Retrospective • The Art of Gears 5 • Gears Tactics: The Art of the Game|
|Other Media:||Gears of War (film) • Gears of War: Exile • Gears of War: The Board Game • Gears of War: Tactics|