We can all have a sigh of relief. Uwe Boll will have absolutely nothing to do with the Gears of War movie. He will undoubtedly have a couple of opinions about the movie and its creators, but we can all choose to ignore that if we want.
Len Wiseman was named as the man that will direct the movie. He has a pretty decent resume, directing titles like “Live Free or Die Hard” as well as the “Underworld” movies, so there is definitely some hope.
The writer for the movie has also been named.[Thanks Poddle for the tip]
Known for his work on The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Chris Morgan has little else of interest in his work history. He did also do the screenplay for “Wanted”, which isn’t a good thing as far as I know and he is also writing the script for the next “Fast and the Furious” as well. Red car says: Vroooom. Blue car says: Screeeeeech.
I know that it is probably foolish to think that Gears might turn out to be a good movie but I am going to do it anyway.
With Prince of Persia already looking to change the way game-to-movie adaptations are done, we might see a definite step forward in conversion movies. The other major factor behind my optimism is Epic. The people at Epic are not stupid. They know how to make great games and they know how to market them as well. They are all gamers themselves and understand what it is that the fans out there would want on the big screen. I think that they will be keeping a very close eye on the production of the movie to ensure that it doesn’t become one of those films that you would rather forget.
I really hope that the movie industry realises that if they start doing it right, game-to-movie adaptations could really start pulling in some big money. Look how far along movies based on comics have come along in recent years.
source: The Hollywood Reporter
Last Updated: June 18, 2008