Netflix taps Dune screenwriter for Gears of War film

Academy-award nominated Jon Spaihts' credits also include writing on Prometheus, Doctor Strange, and The Mummy.

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It would seem that Netflix has hired academy-award nominated screenwriter Jon Spaihts to pen a script for its planned Gears of War film. Netflix made the announcement that it’s bringing Spaihts in as it gears up to bring one of the most celebrated video game franchises to proper film in the future. Spaihts’ is most recently known for his work on screenplays for Doctor Strange and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. He also worked on the script for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Netflix announced Jon Spaihts’ hiring via a press release on the Netflix website on March 21, 2023. He will begin work immediately on penning the screenplay to help bring the Gears of War saga to film for Netflix, which has been planning a live-action film and also an animated series with the IP.

“Gears of War is one of the all-time great action games, with vivid characters, a beautifully designed world and a combat system that drives home the lethality of war and the importance of standing by your squadmates,” Spaihts said of the project. “It wants to be cinema, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help that happen.

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Spaihts will work penning the screenplay for adapting the Gears of War series to a live-action movie for Netflix.
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Netflix was also happy to have Spaihts on deck and is looking forward to what the writer comes up with for its Gears of War projects. He won’t be alone. Spaihts will be working alongside current game developer stewards of the Gears franchise, The Coalition, which shared its own excitement about the collaboration.

We’re thrilled to partner with Jon and the Netflix team to bring Gears of War to life,” the studio said in a statement. “Jon is a master storyteller with a talent for creating epic science-fiction universes and he truly loves Gears of War. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to honor our franchise and deliver an authentic story to our fans.”

The Gears of War Netflix adaptations were first announced in November 2022. With a scriptwriter now on deck for the film with Jon Spaihts, it will still likely be some time before we get to see it. Nonetheless, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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    March 22, 2023 7:33 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Netflix taps Dune screenwriter for Gears of War film

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      March 22, 2023 8:46 AM

      What a vapid well to draw from. And y'all thought the Halo series was bad.

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        March 22, 2023 8:47 AM

        The things I disliked about Halo didn't come from the games in the first place.

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          March 22, 2023 8:49 AM

          We may agree here? There's so little actual character and even less of a novel story in GoW. Halo at least has some of both to draw from. If a studio can't make a decent series out of Halo, they sure as shit aren't going to find something interesting to present from this franchise.

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            March 22, 2023 8:52 AM

            Yeah, wasn't really trying to argue, just saying.

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              March 22, 2023 8:53 AM

              Sometimes I shouldn't post on the Shack while I'm working, I think it makes me combative. Like our good friend Coal Train

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        March 22, 2023 2:04 PM

        Unpopular opinion: I don’t think the halo story was ever good. It was dramatic music laid over a bunch of set pieces with more rote shooting in between.

        There were cool segments, but I’d be hard pressed to tell you what the story of any of the halo games were despite playing through all of them.

        Cortana covenant something something, master chief explosion!

        Even Hitman games have more story

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          March 22, 2023 2:22 PM

          Some of the novels were decent, but the first, which is a novelization of the game, is without question the weakest.

          Maybe that supports you, I dunno.

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            March 22, 2023 6:14 PM

            Well aktually the first novel was The Fall of Reach which was the backstory leading up to the first game and quite good. The Flood was the novelization of the first game and definitely the weakest.

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      March 22, 2023 9:07 AM

      They got Frank Herbert !?!

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        March 22, 2023 9:08 AM

        I don’t think he would have done well as a screenwriter, but what do I know.

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          March 22, 2023 12:15 PM

          Who doesn't want a 32 hour docu-drama

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      March 22, 2023 9:48 AM

      When I think of rich narrative-driven games that would translate to the screen, Gears of War is at the top of my list.

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      March 22, 2023 9:52 AM

      Will it be another story about "noble savages"?

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      March 22, 2023 2:24 PM

      All those great Gears of War characters like

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      March 22, 2023 4:51 PM

      Dom leaps behind a wall
      Dom: we need to get to the other side of the courtyard
      Tom leaps behind another short wall begins to shoot from cover
      Tom: I got you!
      Dom: Moving
      Dom leaps behind the corner of a wall

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      March 22, 2023 6:17 PM

      Easy, cut out all the cover shooting and leave the cutscenes and you have an exceptional emotional story like The Last of Us.

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      March 22, 2023 8:38 PM

      Crusty IP

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