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New Line Lands Gears of War Movie Rights
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By Andrew Joy 03/20/2007 16:56:51 PST

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Gears of War

Oh, Gears of War, how much you try to emulate Halo. First, you are a Microsoft exclusive, then you line yourself up for a sequel via an unfulfilling ending, and now you’re on your way to potential movie stardom. According to Variety, New Line has won the rights to a movie based on the oh-so-popular Xbox 360 shooter.

In the game, you play as Marcus Fenix, an ex-soldier who is re-enlisted as part of the world’s last stand against the Locusts Horde, monsters which have risen up from the very core of the planet Sera. To date, Gears of War has sold over 3 million copies, and is cited to be responsible for a rise in Xbox Live subscriptions in the months following its release.

Stuart Beattie is set to try the film adaptation of Gears of War, with Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing. As you may remember, Halo was on track for a big screen release, helmed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, when budget problems derailed it. As always, we will continue to watch this story and keep you up to date of any news, so be sure to check back at VGGEN often!

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