I think it goes without saying that the track record of video game movies doesn’t exactly bode well for the upcoming video game movies currently in development. "Gears of War" is no exception – even if it’s based on one of the most critically acclaimed games of the last decade.
Now there's going to be some major changes to the "Gears of Wars movie, namely regarding who is directing it, what the story is and what the budget is.
According to the LA Times, New Line has decided to dramatically cut the film's budget and limit its storyline, sending director Len Wisemen ("Underworld," "Live Free or Die Hard") into the arms of his other project, "Nocturne."
The budget has been scaled back from what was to be well over $100 million to a considerably lower amount (no number is actually confirmed). The plan now is to make a more straightforward alien invasion story instead of the action adventure epic it was originally intended to be.
Wiseman was tapped to direct the film a while back and even co-wrote the script for the film with Chris Morgan ("Wanted"). The film was set to be a prequel to the first game in the popular Xbox 360 series and possibly be the first in a trilogy.
Although technically still attached to "Gears of War," Wiseman will in fact depart the project when all is said and done (which will probably squash any chances of his wife, Kate Beckinsale, starring in the film).
Producers are currently looking for a new writer to pen the script for this “straight-forward alien invasion” approach they’ve suddenly decided on. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this stalled project as time goes by - like who the new director will be and any casting announcements (if the film ever gets made...).
It seems that the sprawling and epic "Gears of War" adaptation will now be substantially less sprawling and significantly less epic...*sigh*
What do you think of the film's budget shrinking and losing its director?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, UGO movie Blog