Are We Getting Gears of War: Origins?
Video game fans will be happy to hear that the big screen adaptation of Xbox 360 game Gears of War is moving along nicely. Recently the gang over at Making Of sat down with producer Wyck Godfrey for 51 seconds of updates about what we can expect from the over-the-shoulder shooter turned guaranteed box office smash.
The awesomely named producer drops the name Len Wiseman, who will probably be stepping into the director's chair. Wiseman is the mastermind behind the Underworld franchise, and director of the latest outing of everyone's favorite foul-mouthed NYPD cop John McClane, Live Free or Die Hard. Regardless of how you feel about any of those movies, Wiseman seems to have a pretty good eye for action, which let's face it, is the ONLY requirement needed to put together a decent Gears of War film.
Godfrey also said that diving right into the blood, guts, and ugly-ass aliens is not the right move. Instead of starting with the gory battles fronted by Marcus Fenix, it sounds like they're going to be focusing the story down to the emergence day, which basically equates to the day that Earth gets surprise raped by hordes of Locust scum. While that's not exactly what the games focus on, strategically this is a good call. Spending time developing some characters never hurt a movie. There's plenty of room for sequels that can be nothing but wasteful action, but for now, setting up a story is exactly the way to start.
Gears of War is still slated for next year, but I don't foresee them getting through principal photography and the effects-heavy post production before 2011. We'll be keeping you updated.
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