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Gears of War live action movie snags Avatar screenwriter

Late last year we heard of a Gears of War movie – a project which looked to take the acclaimed video game series to the big screen. Spawned from a partnership between Microsoft Studios and Universal Pictures, the movie would be a live-action adaptation of the shooter franchise.

We've now learned that Shane Salerno, a screenwriter working the recently-announced "Avatar" sequels, will be lending a hand in the Gears of War movie. Although we're yet to know much about the project, it's confirmed to be detached from the narrative established in the main line of games. Hopefully, this should give the movie a fair amount of creative freedom, to take full advantage of the Gears of War universe.

When first announced last year, Rod Fergusson, studio head for Gears of War 4's developer The Coalition, clarified that the project was still in its early stages. Without a director or screenwriter at the time, we'll still be waiting a while until the movie hits theaters.

Nevertheless, having helped out with established films and series such as "Armageddon," "Savages" and "Hawaii Five-0," it will be interesting to see the direction Salerno takes the series. The writer has also delved into video games previously, having shaped the narrative for "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands."

It's still to be seen whether the Gears of War movie will be able to distance itself from the stigma of video game-to-movie adaptations, but should be intriguing to see how it pans out. Stay tuned to Windows Central for future updates on the project.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

8 Comments
  • Sounds like a solid screenwriter. I hope he can pull it off.
  • Halo movie ever??????
  • Got cancelled sadly, both Elysium and District 13 have the hallmarks of aspects of a halo movie. Rumours have it that Microsoft pulled the plug when footage was leaked. So the director and co were left with props gathering dust. So it was spanned into two films. Not sure how true but that has alot of merit when you see the props, effects and the biggest give away is the halo-esque ring in Elysium.
  • Although plausible, I read otherwise. I read that due to the nature of master chiefs character (we never see his face) directors have shied away from this franchise. People feel it will be remarkably difficult to portray that type of character in such an obscure, mysterious way. Idk, I'm still hopeful though. It's one of my favorite if not favorite storylines from a videogame. Thanks for the info though, I hadn't ever heard that before.
  • I don't see why they want to do it live action instead of CGI. The live action halo tv series were rather lacking compared to the existing cgi cut scenes and gameplay.
  • Exactly. I have a bad feeling that this live action adaptation that is to be detached from the games is going to disappoint fans of the series and flop because non fans may not see it as anything more than a cheesy Starship troopers knockoff. They should go the CGI route and keep the original characters (voiced by the original voice actors from the games). That way fans of the games will be on board and those who may not yet have been fans will get on board. I cant imagine any actor putting their own spin on well known and beloved characters. The personalities of the games characters cannot be duplicated.And making the film detached from the games will only serve to detach fans from the film and prevent newcomers from really understanding what the series is all about, all of the characters personalities, experiences, struggles, etc.  Im praying they dont screw this up.
  • I'll remain on the fence on this one, I hope it's good though.
  • Sweet, I hope we see the return of XES.