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Universal Pictures has optioned the movie rights to Gears of War, the landmark video game from Microsoft.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce the adaptation via their Universal-based production company, Bluegrass Films.
Gears is one of the most popular series in the video game industry, becoming an instant sensation when it burst onto the scene from Epic Games in 2006, setting sales records, winning awards and creating a billion-dollar franchise. In fact, Microsoft touts that the game has 45 million unique users, has sold 27 million copies and has been played 2.3 billion hours, all the while racking up 510 awards and nominations.
Microsoft acquired the Gears series in 2014 and co-creator Rod Fergusson returned to lead The Coalition, the Microsoft development studio focused exclusively on Gears.
Gears of War 4 is set for launch on Tuesday as Microsoft’s blockbuster holiday tentpole release for Xbox One and Windows 10.
Set on the planet Sera, the game thrust players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save Sera’s inhabitants.
Hollywood has tried to adapt the game since it was first released. New Line spent several years developing one iteration that had Len Wiseman on board to direct and Chris Morgan writing the script. The rights lapsed and it lay dormant for a few years. Stuber became attached to the project as a producer in 2013.
No writer is on board this incarnation. Yet.
Executive vp of production Jon Mone will oversee Gears of War for Universal, while senior vp Jay Ireland will oversee the project for Bluegrass.
Stuber was a producer on Central Intelligence, the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart comedy that grossed over $127 million domestically ($216 million worldwide) this summer. Clark is a producer on the well-regarded Planet of the Apes movie series, with the latest installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, set to hit theaters next summer.
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