Gears of War coming to theatres

In yet another cross-over from video games to film, Epic has announced that New Line Cinema has bought the rights to create a Gears of War film.

New Line has bought the feature rights to Microsoft video game Gears of War. Stuart Beattie (Collateral) is writing the screenplay and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing via their Temple Hill. Variety reports that lead designer Cliff Bleszinski will act as executive producer on the film.

“Gears” has sold over three million units and is hugely popular on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which allows players to compete against each other online. Though it was released in November and is available only for the Xbox 360 console, it quickly became the fourth bestselling game of 2006 in the U.S.

The story is about a world reeling from an invasion by aliens known as the Locust. A small group of elite soldiers, including the main character Marcus Fennix, who is rescued from prison at the beginning of the game, fight to retake the planet Sera for its surviving humans.

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