Gears of War drops a gear or two
There's bad news today for Gears of War fans, it looks like the film is going to drop a few gears and seriously downgrade production, and from the sounds of things, it all seems to be around budget.
The story and scope of the film have been scaled back as well as the budget and - does there really need to be any more? - the director looks to have left the production. Gears of War is looking decidedly unhealthy already.
You can understand that there would be some concerns about the film, after all the story of Gears of War in the video-games is epic, and I don't mean that just in respect of the story, I mean that in respect of the budget.
Similarly to Halo, the story involves warring planets and races, a huge invasion and occupying force, humans fighting back on an individual and global scale, and effects that would demand a huge budget and a very committed studio, one that would be willing to gamble on it being an epic box office earner.
Now that kind of talk scared the studios away from Halo, and I was surprised that Gears of War was going to be made. Now it seems that it's not going to be made the way that it was first thought, and what separates this from Halo, is that there's not a huge production company behind the rights saying that if it's going to be done, it's going to be done right or not at all.
...the studio has now cut the budget, going from a film that would have cost more than $100 million to one that will cost a good chunk less than that. It's also reined in the story, turning it into a more simple, straight-ahead invasion story instead of a sprawling epic. Producers are looking for a new writer to handle all this, but haven't found one yet. And Wiseman, while technically still attached, will likely not be a part of it when all is said and done
Those are the exact words of the L.A. Times 24 Frames site, and although they couldn't get a comment from New Line, it seems that the source is accurate, and it seems that Len Wiseman is now off onto another project, Nocturne.
A lesser Gears of War project sounds like bad news to me, one that might attract the fans of the game, but may not win over general audiences.
It may be similar to what has happened with Silent Hill and Resident Evil, enjoyable films but heavily downgraded from what they could have been, and while these films have gained their own successes, the changes to Gears of War sound much more painful and dangerous than the ones that have happened to these films.