Morgan hypes Gears of War film
Chris Morgan, the screenwriter of The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wanted and Fast & Furious, has revealed that his script for Gears of War is reading really well and that the film is looking incredibly good.
However, it seems the budgeting work is being done right now and he himself admits that the film is huge, a big spectacle, and those are the films that are looking doubtful just now unless they are really proven.
"It’s huge...One of the things they’re really talking about now is the budget of the film and how big of a spectacle this is going to be. My argument is, look at the underlying material. Look at the game and the scenario — the fact that the world is being taken over by the Locust, it has to be huge."
Well I agree, it is a big film, but not as big as something like Halo, and that got the chop because it was just too big and the people controlling the idea, Bungie, just wouldn't let it grow any smaller. Could it be that Gears of War would head for the same fate?
Gears of War is a game franchise that has spawned two games to date and features a futuristic world overrun by an enemy called the Locust Horde. The story follows a team of elite soldiers led by Marcus Fenix, once a great soldier and now an ex-convict, pulled out of imprisonment to help fight the Horde. Together with his team of three other hardened soldiers they carry out some dangerous missions to the very heart of the Horde to try and destroy them forever.
The games carry a great style to them and are really addictive, Louise and I should know since we've finished the first on multiples levels and intend to do the same to the last.
It has a strong storyline, although not as rich and varied as something like Halo, the visuals and scope promise to be pretty well up there in the scale of videogame adaptations.
What it has going for it is that Len Wiseman is directing, and with Chris Morgan delivering the script, if the studio fund it then we'll see a pretty cool Gears of War film. My concern is that the studio will pull back from the full funding that we might want to see for the project and we'll end up with a much toned down Gears of War film.
MTV have more comments from Morgan, and he says of the script:
"I think the gamer side is going to be thrilled with it...All the stuff you want to see, we put that in there and then we blow it out a little more, even. Now it’s just a matter of honing in on all of the character arcs and determining production types of things."
Well on paper it sounds great, but Morgan tells us that it's hitting the budgeting discussions right now. Here's hoping, after all if it's big and a success, perhaps that might pave the way for a Halo film? If Gears of War does go ahead though, who would play the leads?