'Gears of War' Movie Gets Director, Chance of Being Marginally Better Than 'Doom'

June 17, 2008

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Hey, do you like something in one medium? Would you like to see a worse version of it in another medium? Good news! That will inevitably happen! The latest victim of this unfortunate reality? Gears of War--a third-person shooting game I understand to be pretty great--which will soon be turned into a movie directed by the man who made Live Free or Die Hard surprisingly entertaining for also being incredibly stupid, Len Wiseman. From the Hollywood Reporter:

New Line is putting "Gears of War" in motion, setting Len Wiseman to direct the video game adaptation being produced by Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Chris Morgan, who wrote the upcoming Universal tentpoles "Wanted" and "The Fast and the Furious 4," has been hired to write the screenplay. Wiseman and Morgan will develop the story treatment.

Well, as long as the writer of Fast and the Furious 4: 4aster 4 4uriouser is on the job, I don't think any fans of Gears of War need to worry. I'm certain the plot that "thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde" will be treated with the subdued dignity it deserves.

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