The “Gears of War” movie might not have a new home after being dropped by New Line, but it at least does have a new producer. It’s being reported that Scott Stuber has been chosen by Epic Games to try to bring the game to the big screen.
The “Ted” and “Safe House” producer was chosen from candidates like Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Chernin Entertainment, Variety reports. Beyond Stuber, “Gears of War” doesn’t yet have a director, writer, actors or studio attached, but Stuber is developing the script with Epic right now and Universal Pictures has a first-look deal on the film.
Originally Len Wiseman had been slated to direct “Gears of War,” but that plan eventually fell through. It seems like Stuber and Epic will start from scratch with the script and move forward from there.
Video game adaptations seem like they could be the next big push now that comic book movies have proved that genre is the biggest thing in Hollywood. A “Rachet & Clank” animated film is on the way, a “Tomb Raider” reboot is happening, J.J. Abrams and Valve are teaming up on “Portal” and “Half-Life” movies, Duncan Jones will direct a “World of Warcraft” adaptation, Michael Fassbender is starring in an “Assassin’s Creed” film, and there will also be movies based on “Shadow of the Colossus,” “God of War,” “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” “Splinter Cell,” “Metal Gear Solid” and “Mass Effect.” No wonder Epic is so dedicated to getting a “Gears of War” movie in theaters.