Gears of War Movie: A Harder "Lord of the Rings"

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Gears of War Movie: A Harder "Lord of the Rings"

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The director of the Gears of War movie adaptation has big plans for the franchise, which he sees as a trilogy that would be like a "harder edged 'Lord of the Rings'."

Len Wiseman, the creator of the gothic-action franchise "Underworld" and director of "Live Free or Die Hard," has the reins on the big-screen adaptation of Epic's blockbuster series. He's currently penning the screenplay with Chris Morgan, whose resume includes chief writing duties on last year's "Wanted," and "The Fast and the Furious" sequel "Tokyo Drift" and the upcoming "Fast & Furious" (otherwise known as "4 Fast 4 Furious").

So: Vin Diesel as Marcus Fenix drifting in a Nos-powered hot rod while mowing down Locust? In my dreams, maybe. Wiseman has his own vision for the movie, and it's a very specific one. "It's going to be much more [on the] science fiction side of it than the creature side of it...I've always been much more of a sci-fi action fan than a horror fan," he said. "The hope is that we're [going to do] three movies and really cover the bases on everything. Basically a harder-edged 'Lord of the Rings'."

If it sounds like Wiseman's woefully out of touch with what Gears of War is, well, you can at least give him credit for owning the game. "When I was on 'Die Hard,' I had to choose some video game for the background in a scene with Kevin Smith. I was shown about a dozen games and told to 'Choose one to be in the background' and I said 'this one looks really, really cool whatever it is,' and it was Gears Of War," Wiseman, who admitted he's not much of a gamer, explained. "I just really connected with it; the design of it the world, the whole thing. So I actually brought an Xbox 360 to start researching what it was."

Via: CVG

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Well at least this guy has done some good movies already, maybe this movie could break the trend of shitty movies based on games.

don't get your hopes up that easily, anything can be ruined.

I never did complete gears of war....hmm

I've always thought LoTR could have been vastly improved with the addition of firearms and/or chainsaws. Seeing the shire blown apart by Boomers would also have brought me happiness.

mattttherman3:
Well at least this guy has done some good movies already, maybe this movie could break the trend of shitty movies based on games.

Wait wait...WHAT good movies? 'Wanted' is the only one listed that was tolerable (For a mindless action flic).

Underworld? Crap.
Anything with 'fast' and 'furious' in the title? Super crap.
And 'Live Free or Die Hard'? The worst of the Die Hard movies?

This is going to suck.
Especially since he knows nothing about the game, apparently.

Another gaming franchise thrown onto the movie chopping block.

add orcs lobbing tickers as grenades, and you have yourself a party

I really really hope that this (these) movie(s) turn(s) out to be good because I'd really love to watch a good Gears of War movie, especially after reading the book, which atleast to me showed that the GoW universe definetly has potential to be more than just a videogame. The fact that the director has done good (Edit: well, decent, maybe?) stuff in the past gives me some hope that it'll be good, but it's an ambitious project and I'm afraid that they'll either cut down on it in order to make it more feasible or try to do too much and end up failing.

And the director should definetly play through the games (or atleast watch someone else play them) to get to know more about them, since the movie is all about it the creator should be completely familiar with what already exists in the universe.

I still don't know if I'll dare to hope that this turns out good. After all videogames and movies don't have a particularly good history of crossing over.

Why can't they keep these two media apart? (Well money obviously but I can still ask a rhetorical question, right?)
Comparing Gears of War to the Lord of the Rings trilogy is insulting. I literally cannot see how in hell you can plan on making the macho game of the year into anything near an epic which is what Lord of the Rings is supposed to be/should have been in the films.
Thank you, Wiseman, for comparing your movie to Lord of the Rings, I haven't been angry in a while, and you have made me seeth with it. If this movie manages to scrape by with an "its alright" I'll be impressed... I don't think I could be more offended by his Lord of the Rings statement.

Baby Tea:

mattttherman3:
Well at least this guy has done some good movies already, maybe this movie could break the trend of shitty movies based on games.

Wait wait...WHAT good movies? 'Wanted' is the only one listed that was tolerable (For a mindless action flic).

Underworld? Crap.
Anything with 'fast' and 'furious' in the title? Super crap.
And 'Live Free or Die Hard'? The worst of the Die Hard movies?

This is going to suck.
Especially since he knows nothing about the game, apparently.

Another gaming franchise thrown onto the movie chopping block.

Sorry, Die Hard 2 is the worst Die Hard.

Well, I loved Underworld! Huzzah.

I demand that if they have General RAAM in it, he is killed by a single bullet in his big toe...just to mess with the canon.

I would really like this film to be enjoyable.

Until then, I shall optimistically hope.

I don't understand all these movie games. If your going to make a movie game, choose a game with an original setting, other wise its just going to be a cheap Alien movie.

I'm more looking forward to the Prince of Persia movie. The Sands of Time is my favorite game EVAR and I love Pirates of the Caribbean, so it has potential.

Keane Ng:

Baby Tea:

mattttherman3:
Well at least this guy has done some good movies already, maybe this movie could break the trend of shitty movies based on games.

Wait wait...WHAT good movies? 'Wanted' is the only one listed that was tolerable (For a mindless action flic).

Underworld? Crap.
Anything with 'fast' and 'furious' in the title? Super crap.
And 'Live Free or Die Hard'? The worst of the Die Hard movies?

This is going to suck.
Especially since he knows nothing about the game, apparently.

Another gaming franchise thrown onto the movie chopping block.

Sorry, Die Hard 2 is the worst Die Hard.

Nobody should be excited about this movie. None of those were good movies, except for Die hard 4(which kind of had a comic-action brilliance, but it's not that hard to follow the well established die hard formula), but that was it. His movies have had passable action, but nothing memorable, or even above average. Merely, "not bad" action. Sadly he was also responsible for the really bad writing in most of these movies so I'm not optimistic.

My prediction: A bloated gears movie where the emphasis is on good but uninspired action. He will retain the one note characters from the game(think they're shallow in the game, imagine how out of place they'll be in a movie), and it'll be an awkward mix of dumb oversized stereotypes trying to tackle an epic serious story, which will suffer from too much painful and boring exposition and have very little emotional resonance.

Uuuuugh.

I'm not sure what disheartens me most about this situation. When you're sitting there telling people, "it'll be a harder-edged Lord of the Rings" that's a pretty uninspired idea, isn't it? To say, "we're copying this other extremely long-winded and pretentious movie but we're using this game's characters instead" does not encourage me to pick up tickets for this...

What's the point of this, anyway? Gears the game has shipped two titles and is probably fixing for a third, and nobody was exactly enamored with its story. It's pretty much a shallow excuse to have gameplay. Why would anyone want to see a story better told as a game in a movie theater for three hours when they could play the bloody game? It blows my mind. What's more I'd be more encouraged of Uwe Boll directed it with a resume like this guy has...

As soon as I read the articles title. I couldn't help laugh at it.

Somethingfake:
As soon as I read the articles title. I couldn't help laugh at it.

same here

Yeah I really hope this doesn't turn out poorly but the guy's movie's are just mindless action flicks. And i kinda think the story behind Gears Of War is more then just mindless action it's got some depth.(I'm pretty sure I'm on the minority for thinking this though.)

ElephantGuts:
especially after reading the book,

My god someone else who read the book beside me. *high fives

SomeBritishDude:
I don't understand all these movie games. If your going to make a movie game, choose a game with an original setting, other wise its just going to be a cheap Alien movie.

I'm more looking forward to the Prince of Persia movie. The Sands of Time is my favorite game EVAR and I love Pirates of the Caribbean, so it has potential.

This is one of th4e ideas that actually works. Things like PoP, Bioshock and GoW are things that actually have the potential to work as both games and movies, whereas some subject matter seems to be simply too overindulgent (like GeoW) of lacking anything resembling what could be deemed a great m,ovie in a classic sense. Thats why I had such high hopes for Hitman.

Len Wiseman and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious, really?) + Gears of War subject matter = suckfest

I too am angered by the "It'll be LotR but BETTER" style he'd thinking of.

The Lord of the Rings managed to offend it's die-hard (pun intended) fanbase. Copying the style of the films will 1) mean you have to pay attention to the film, and it won't be a mindless action flick (I couldn't stand ANY of the Fast/Furious films, and think Wanted is the daftest film to come out in a fair while) and 2) It'll annoy the fanbase.

That's not a good criteria for a film for which the selling point is 1) the action and 2) the existing fanbase. At least LotR could attract people who were never aware of the book and still give them a pretty good idea what it was about and be an epic scenery-fest of a film (and the musical score is pretty good too).

Ah well, maybe I'll be surprised and it'll be a good film. But given the nature of the source material and the director's previous works...I'm sceptical.

I have just now lost almost all hope for the movie industry. If they could just grow a brain and realise that game based movies have not sold or been received well, they would stop this crap from happening. I am waiting for the day when the video game industry comes to an concenses that no publishers will sell the rights for movies, but now im just dreaming.

as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

If they're doing a trilogy I can only hope they don't just do movie versions of the game, I'd like to see some of the pendulum wars. I know that would mean that there would be no locust in the first movie but they could do it all they way up to E-day and have the first locust hole pop up and a corpser shoots out and then the movie ends. Tell me that wouldn't be a cool ending for the first movie. I would have to go back and check on the exact time the war with the locust has been going on but it was several years before the first game even started, there could be some cool things to happen within that time frame. I know I shouldn't get my hopes up for a videogame movie but I can't help but be somewhat exited.

All aboard the coletrain

Gamer137:
I have just now lost almost all hope for the movie industry. If they could just grow a brain and realise that game based movies have not sold or been received well, they would stop this crap from happening. I am waiting for the day when the video game industry comes to an concenses that no publishers will sell the rights for movies, but now im just dreaming.

This is disheartening, why do people not understand the concept of advancement?

The first movies sucked,
the first movies based on books sucked,
the first movies based on comic books sucked,
the first movies based on video games sucked.

Notice the pattern? Soon enough video games will be the source for masterpieces like The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight, they simply haven't grown into the industry yet.

I don't think Gears of War will be such a film (but anything's possible), I do however believe that it won't suck.

Mr0llivand3r:
as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

Bernie Mac?

Indigo_Dingo:

Mr0llivand3r:
as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

Bernie Mac?

...is dead.

This movie will suck. The games are so shallow they could never translate. Hell, deep games don't translate. This game will die, horribly, repeatedly, like Gigli.

TsunamiWombat:

Indigo_Dingo:

Mr0llivand3r:
as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

Bernie Mac?

...is dead.

Wait, what? When did that happen? I really liked him.

Indigo_Dingo:

Mr0llivand3r:
as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

Bernie Mac?

is dead.

even if he was alive, he was too old to play a young football player type black man

Eldritch Warlord:

Gamer137:
I have just now lost almost all hope for the movie industry. If they could just grow a brain and realise that game based movies have not sold or been received well, they would stop this crap from happening. I am waiting for the day when the video game industry comes to an concenses that no publishers will sell the rights for movies, but now im just dreaming.

This is disheartening, why do people not understand the concept of advancement?

The first movies sucked,
the first movies based on books sucked,
the first movies based on comic books sucked,
the first movies based on video games sucked.

Notice the pattern? Soon enough video games will be the source for masterpieces like The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight, they simply haven't grown into the industry yet.

I don't think Gears of War will be such a film (but anything's possible), I do however believe that it won't suck.

Taking a passive entertainment format and turning it into another can be done easily once understood. However, this is interactive to passive. The reasons we play video games is for the gameplay. You can't adapt it to a movie format without getting rid of interactivity, which is what video games are built around to begin with. You can't expect a tower to stay how it is if you remove the bottom levels. It will instantly crumble.

I suppose i'm one of the few that would be interested in a GeoW movie, yeah it won't be an Oscar winner or be revolutionary, but I will bet it shall be entertaining. Which is the reason I see movies generally I don't see them to be wowed by some new story, or art style. I see them to be entertained and escape for a few hours from work/school. A GeoW movie should fit the bill nicely, decent sci-fi setting and story, perfect opportunities for R rated language and violence. Sounds to me like a good way to spend a saturday afternoon after work.

I usually get very worried about these sort of movies. It seems that they just stick the recognizable title of a game franchise on the movie and expect it to win over fans just on name recognition alone. It's one thing to make a movie based on the story of the game, which would work, because stories transcend media. However, trying to recapture elements of gameplay in movie form is kind of like watching someone else playing a game. It would be like filming a disembodied hand flip the pages of a novel and waiting about 6 minutes in between to let people read. Or worse yet, be a decent movie, but because it is named after an established franchise, but has no affiliation at all to said franchise, ends up being a cruel misrepresentation of the game industry's artistic legitimacy.

It is rather possible to make a good movie, as long as the story is the vehicle, not the effects or cast or setting. Interactivity is the main experience of playing a game, and some games have no story, some have a bare minimum backstory, and some have a richer experience that can only be condensed into film media. It's often said the book is always better, and there's a reason for that. A game movie will never be better than a game, but it can evoke interest in a game franchise, or show the unwashed that games actually CAN and DO have stories rather than being regarded as manslaughter simulators and brainwashing tools for the military.

I long for the day that a game-based movie is based on the actual property it represents, is affected by Hollywood as little as possible, and has a compelling side story, or even the main story given a fresh perspective. Oh, also Uwe Boll loses all interest in game related movies forever.

Indigo_Dingo:

TsunamiWombat:

Indigo_Dingo:

Mr0llivand3r:
as long as there's Locusts' heads exploding and a really good, really funny, really black actor to play Cole Train, then it's fine by me

Bernie Mac?

...is dead.

Wait, what? When did that happen? I really liked him.

Complications with Pnemnia. Checked into a hospital for what looked routine and never checked out, I believe.

Having seen what the guy did to the source material for Wanted, I have to say, I don't think that Gears is going to go very well.

The comic version of Wanted was the main characters were all supervillians who ran the world and did what ever the fuck they wanted (the main character kills an entire supermarket and it' doesn't make the news). The Movie version, they're an order of assassins who each are able to slow down time, hit bullets with bullets, and curve the bullet trajectory. Oh and did I mention that the whole "code" crap in the movie is Bullshit?

Just read Wanted and watch the movie and realize how much this is going to suck.

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