New Line Cinema has secured the feature rights to the hit Microsoft/Epic Games videogame Gears of War.
The studio announced that Stuart Beattie will be writing the adaptation with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey set as producers. Gears of War lead-designer Cliff Bleszinski will executive produce the film and have say in its development.
Gears of War on the Xbox 360 is a huge success, selling more than 3 million units (fourth best-selling game for 2006 in North America) and is currently the most popular game on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.
“We wanted to make an entertainment property that’s not just for games but for other media,” said Epic VP and co-founder Mark Rein.
“I’m not a gamer, but what blew me away about ‘Gears’ was how it captures the mythology of a war mission and how high the stakes are,” Godfrey told Daily Variety.
A director will be announced once Beattie completes the script. Bowen and Godfrey hope to release the film by summer 2009.