Bad News for the Gears of War Movie

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Bad News for the Gears of War Movie

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Things aren't looking too good for the Gears of War movie, which has reportedly been dramatically scaled back and lost most of the high-priced talent that had signed up to take part.

It was in May of last year that the Gears of War movie was looking "incredibly good," according to reports; screenwriter Chris Morgan, whose past work includes Wanted and Fast & Furious, had completed a draft of the script while Len Wiseman of Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard fame has been signed as the director. Befitting the game franchise, the project was going to be big: "A multi-generational epic with a big-canvas feel," as the L.A. Times put it.

It now appears that will no longer be the case. The film's budget has been cut dramatically, from over $100 million to "a good chunk less than that," while the story has also been reduced in scope and will now be "a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story." Morgan appears to be out, as producers are currently looking for a new writer, and Wiseman is expected to go too.

Specific reasons for the changes weren't provided, although as the report notes, the nature of videogames can become a "complicating factor" as development moves forward because much of what made them popular properties in the first place can't be translated to the big screen. It's quite possible that New Line Cinema, the studio behind the film, looked at the history of videogame movies and decided that a cheap, quick-and-dirty approach would have a better chance of turning a profit than a full-out summer blockbuster. Whatever the case, it sounds like gamers are going to have to wait awhile longer for their great silver screen experience.

Source: LA Times

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Cheer up Gears fans,

If Prince of Persia does well this summer they MIGHT decide that a big budget blockbuster is the way to go instead.

This is the problem, really. A half-arsed effort will only glean half-arsed results, thus continuing the awful trend. The big companies need to realise that the reason game movies haven't made incredible profits so far is because they were largely awful, not because of some bizarre stigma associated with it.

What we need is a nice big game IP with full studio support and genuine talent on board; that'll break the seal of the bigwigs getting properly behind videogame adaptations.

Big Franchises don't get movies. Explain the Halo Movie, Metal Gear movie and the Bioshock movie. All of them have failed.

Calumon: I want a new Digimon movie. >:(

Well that sucks. Looks like all will be is a movie for idiots.

Can't say I'm too surprised, video game movies have never seemed to generate the intrest large enough to justify huge budgets

well, nuts. I was looking forward to this one too.

Turn a profit by making a markedly shittier product?

...

Why, I don't see anything wrong with that plan! No, siree! Call Microsoft and tell them to give their next big console the Wii's graphical capabilities!

It would have sucked anyway. At least now they'll have an excuse when nobody goes to see it, and critics rip it a new one.

This is gonna tank, hard.

Makes sense. Why spend that much money on a film adaptation of a game?

Game stories do not make good movie stories.

Meh, at this point I don't think any game movie can be good anyways.

Booze Zombie:
This is gonna tank, hard.

While the film itself will probably be crap, I doubt it will tank if they do a 1/2 decent job advertising it. Gears of War has a lot of fans outside of the traditional gamers other gaming films were made for and if they get those people going, it could make a decent amount. Remember, a shit film can do well at the box office (see Transformers 2 for an example. Actually, DONT!)

Plinglebob:
Remember, a shit film can do well at the box office (see Transformers 2 for an example. Actually, DONT!)

If they've cut back the money they had like they've said, even trying to advertise it half-decently will be nearly impossible.

I stand by my statement, even if it turns out to be inaccurate.

PedroSteckecilo:
Cheer up Gears fans,

If Prince of Persia does well this summer they MIGHT decide that a big budget blockbuster is the way to go instead.

Until they realize it's a video game movie and they all suck always suck. Even guilty pleasures like the Super Mario Bros. and Mortal Kombat suck.

That's fine. Now hire Neill Blomkamp and he'll turn that budget into something magic.

Or even Duncan Jones. Granted, Moon wasn't exactly action heavy, but he knows how to work a small budget.

ah man...

my co-op buds and I have been looking forward to it since we finished Gears 2 late 08 =/

MaxChaos:
What we need is a nice big game IP with full studio support and genuine talent on board; that'll break the seal of the bigwigs getting properly behind videogame adaptations.

Lara Croft?

Well this sucks

-Zen-:
Turn a profit by making a markedly shittier product?

...

Why, I don't see anything wrong with that plan! No, siree! Call Microsoft and tell them to give their next big console the Wii's graphical capabilities!

You pretty much nailed it with this post, Zen.

Not that all low budget movies are bad, just look at Dr. Horrible and the first Clerks. But something like a Gears movie would need a gigantic budget so it can become a giant over-the-top adrenaline injection in movie form. There's nothing wrong with that, because that'd be exactly what kind of movie this needs to be.

I can't imagine the scope being made smaller and what the difference would be between a regular invasion story and Gears' story is though. I found it to be a small typical invasion story myself. Then again, I didn't enjoy Gears of War all too much, so I should probably just shut up before the fanboys chainsaw me to death.

Honestly, when I saw the thread title, I was half-expecting to find a page completely blank save for the words, "It's still being made."

i bet they are gonna drop uwe bold on it now >:D

PedroSteckecilo:
Cheer up Gears fans,

If Prince of Persia does well this summer they MIGHT decide that a big budget blockbuster is the way to go instead.

good cheer :D and good point :D

It really depends how much of the budget they cut; you can still make a half decent low budget movie (Pitch Black) but since this movie was going to need decent CGI for a lot of it a low budget is really going to kill the special f/x

Let's hope that Jordan Mechner and the Pirates of the Carribean crew show us that it is possible to make a good video game film this summer!

Oh noes awful games may not get made into even worse movies whatever will we do.

JEBWrench:
Makes sense. Why spend that much money on a film adaptation of a game?

Game stories do not make good movie stories.

I've always been inclined to believe that video game stories might be better-suited to TV shows or a miniseries. But, I could just be delusional and indulging in some wishful thinking.

OK, anyone agrees with me that is definitely due to some producer who decided to change everything due to some bias against video games? I'm bloody sure this is what happened. Hey, producer, the reason why video game adaptations don't work is because people like you don't take them seriously, NOT because video games have 'no substance to be made into a movie'.
You're contributing to the problem, you prick. Thank you.

-Zen-:
Turn a profit by making a markedly shittier product?

...

Why, I don't see anything wrong with that plan! No, siree! Call Microsoft and tell them to give their next big console the Wii's graphical capabilities!

Sir, your perfectly express the mentality of these guys...

Darth Sea Bass:
Oh noes awful games may not get made into even worse movies whatever will we do.

Aw c'mon even if you think the game was trash(it made me dislike stereotypical macho people even more) you have to admit it would still make for a solid action movie!

Please for the love of god Hollywood, PLEASE make a Mirror's Edge movie!

ToonLink:
Please for the love of god Hollywood, PLEASE make a Mirror's Edge movie!

Oh, you want them to massacre that game too?

"the story has also been reduced in scope and will now be "a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story."

So...its the Gears of War story then?

sinclose:

ToonLink:
Please for the love of god Hollywood, PLEASE make a Mirror's Edge movie!

Oh, you want them to massacre that game too?

I wouldnt care if it was a straight to dvd movie, i'd buy it and love it just like i love the game. ^_^

wooty:
"the story has also been reduced in scope and will now be "a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story."

So...its the Gears of War story then?

Actually the game has got a pretty dumb plot, but its impressively meaty in the books and comics.

ToonLink:

sinclose:

ToonLink:
Please for the love of god Hollywood, PLEASE make a Mirror's Edge movie!

Oh, you want them to massacre that game too?

I wouldnt care if it was a straight to dvd movie, i'd buy it and love it just like i love the game. ^_^

Even if it's by Uwe Boll?

Maybe they should cancel the movie.I see the headline already "Great News for the publics eye and ears"

sinclose:

wooty:
"the story has also been reduced in scope and will now be "a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story."

So...its the Gears of War story then?

Actually the game has got a pretty dumb plot, but its impressively meaty in the books and comics.

Never knew that, but makes you wonder though, are they just using the game plot or mixing in elements from the books too. Would make a better movie if they did

wooty:

sinclose:

wooty:
"the story has also been reduced in scope and will now be "a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story."

So...its the Gears of War story then?

Actually the game has got a pretty dumb plot, but its impressively meaty in the books and comics.

Never knew that, but makes you wonder though, are they just using the game plot or mixing in elements from the books too. Would make a better movie if they did

Do you SERIOUSLY think they have any intention of using their source material like they ought to?
Or to even make a decent movie for that matter?

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