Gears of War movie in development by Microsoft and Universal

The project is still in embryonic stages; no writer or director have been announced.


During a Gears of War 4 livestream earlier today, The Coalition's Rod Fergusson revealed that a Gears of War movie is in production (via GameSpot). The film will be a joint production by Microsoft and Universal.

Don't camp out for tickets just yet. The project is very early in development; neither Microsoft nor Universal have announced a writer or director.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has attempted to green light a Gears of War film. New Line acquired the rights, and even went so far as to hire producers and a writer. Within a few years, the film hit development speedbumps and faded away. In 2012, scattered reports intimated that the movie was back on the table, but no other reports surfaced.

Interest in any and all things Gears is ramping back up. Gears of War 4, The Coalition's first take on the long-running franchise, will release on October 11 as part of the Play Anywhere program that lets you play digital copies of Microsoft's first-party games across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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