Just in time for the launch of Microsoft’s Gears Of War 4, we are being treated to the news that the hugely-successful franchise will be receiving the Hollywood treatment very soon.

Universal Pictures is said to be working on the movie adaptation of the video game series, with veteran film producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark already on board.

“As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie. We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect,” Gears Of War 4 developer The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson said during a livestream.

The question on many people’s minds now will be the story – is it going to follow iconic soldier Marcus Fenix, or will it veer more towards Gears 4 or possibly a new plotline?

We’ll only know once everything gets smoothed over, although, Ferguson hinted that it might encompass something new.

“I think you have to let the movies be the movies. They’re two different mediums, and two different audiences in some cases, and I think some video game movies in the past have failed because they tried to make a movie for gamers. If you have this great IP with a deep backstory and lots of lore that you can make interesting stories out of it’s great, but if you just go after the gaming audience then it isn’t going to be a successful movie,” he explained.

Further hinting that we might get to see new characters, or at least a different plot to the games, he added that you have to expand on what you have in order to make something truly worth watching.

“That’s one of the great things about working with Universal. We’re finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking ‘OK what makes a great movie?'” Ferguson said.

[Source – Variety]

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