Gears of War Screenwriter Talks Movie, Aims For 'Gritty and Real'

By Maarten Goldstein, Oct 30, 2008 11:48am PDT

Talking to MTV News, Chris Morgan has revealed a few tidbits about his Gears of War movie screenplay.

The movie, to be directed by Underworld and Die Hard 4 director Ken Wiseman, will center around the characters of Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago, and will detail "Emergence Day" - the initial alien invasion.

"I would not be interested in the movie if we weren't dealing with [Marcus and Dom]", Morgan told MTV. "I want to see those guys. I want to see 'Emergence Day.' I want to see this stuff happen."

The Gears movie will feature a mix of live action and CGI sequences, though according to Morgan, Wiseman is looking to stay away from using a lot of effects-heavy scenes. "In [Wiseman's] mind, he wants to make it as realistic as possible [...] and to blur those lines where your mind says, 'Oh, it's a big CGI film.'"

In a separate post on the MTV Movies Blog, Morgan confirmed his screenplay features plenty of the Locust Horde. Asked if we'll be seeing Corpsers, Seeders and Berserkers, Morgan answered, "If I have anything to do with it, you absolutely will. And I do, so the answer is 'Yes.'"

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  • "I would not be interested in the movie if we weren't dealing with [a paycheck]", Morgan told MTV. "I want to see that money. I want to see 'Pay Day.'
    This dude is responsible for writing (from oldest to newest): Cellular (which wasn't bad. wasn't good, but wasn't bad), Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wanted(so HE'S the guy!), Asian Remake of Cellular, and the upcoming items: The Troop(?), Sakura: Blue Eyed Samurai, Fast & Furious, and Gears Of War.
    Well, I'm getting a warm feeling all over from this project...Oh, wait, that's the piles of shit I'm sinking into.