GEARS OF WAR Adds ‘Dune’ Scribe Jon Spaihts To Pen Feature Adaptation For Netflix
Warner Bros.’s pending Dune sequel stands to be one of the more exciting highlights for moviegoers this year. It’s certainly helped put Jon Spaihts on radar after penning the first one, adding to his resumè notably topped off with Marvel’s Doctor Strange (2016) before now.
To date, the screenwriter is now on deck to pen a live-action production of Gears Of War, an adaptation of the hit video game franchise that firstly took off in 2006. The film was last set up at Universal Pictures before eventually ending up at Netflix per its announcement last November.
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With over 40 million copies sold, Gears of War is one of gaming’s richest and most acclaimed sagas. A society divided and on the brink of collapse faces total extinction by the Locust, a monstrous threat from below. Delta Squad, a ragtag fireteam led by disgraced sergeant Marcus Fenix, is now charged with leading humanity’s last stand. The series has been critically acclaimed for redefining the tactical third-person and co-operative shooter genre and has one of gaming’s most passionate fanbases.
Netflix is developing the film with the game’s creators, The Coalition. The movie will be the first step in bringing the game’s universe to life, followed by an adult animated series and other potential projects from the partnership.
After that, we’ll eventually find out if Dave Bautista gets his way after notably making his case on social media four months ago.
“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. It wants to be cinema, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help that happen,” said Spaihts.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Jon and the Netflix team to bring Gears of War to life. 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,” added The Coalition.
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