Despite having been steeped in Production Hell for quite a while (as is typical) for video game movies, Gears of War is apparently being shopped around. But will anyone take up the film?
Variety reports that Creative Artists Agency, the production group representing both scriptwriter Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides) and Epic Games is currently seeking producers for the movie again:
In development at New Line since 2007, with Len Wiseman once attached to helm, the studio has now put the military actioner into turnaround to focus instead on “The Hobbit” films. But with “Gears” having generated more than $1 billion in sales since the first game bowed in 2006, and a fourth set for release next year, Creative Artists Agency is eager to meet with producers in the coming weeks and set up the project elsewhere, Variety has learned.
“Twilight” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey were previously attached to the adaptation, while Stuart Beattie (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) penned the most recent version of the screenplay, which CAA is expected to turn to in its discussions. Chris Morgan and Billy Ray also had worked on “Gears” scripts.
Although many video game film adaptations haven’t been extremely successful outside of Resident Evil, the potential revenue that could be generated with a Gears of War film can’t be ignored.
However, the issue, as always, is cost. Most film studios or producers won’t invest in a project unless that movie can make back its budget, and the question here is how much a GOW film would cost after everything was settled.