Netflix’s ‘Gears Of War’ Movie Enlists ‘Dune’ Screenwriter To Adapt The Story
— Updated on 23 March 2023

Netflix’s ‘Gears Of War’ Movie Enlists ‘Dune’ Screenwriter To Adapt The Story

— Updated on 23 March 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Netflix’s live-action Gears of War movie has recruited a heavyweight screenwriting talent in Jon Spaihts for the perilous mission ahead.

Aside from Doctor Strange, Spaihts is best known as one of three writers behind Denis Villeneuve’s Dune duology starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya; having collaborated alongside Villeneuve himself and Hollywood veteran Eric Roth to condense what had widely been considered un-condensable.

Partnering with The Coalition for its latest video game adaptation, the streaming giant has also confirmed the third major attempt at bringing the property to screens will be followed by an adult animated series with potentially “more stories to follow.”

Gears of War follows the story of civilisation over a decade after Emergence Day (E-Day) when the genocidal subterranean threat known as the Locust Horde declares war on the human race by killing countless COG soldiers and civilians.

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In the first instalment, former COG soldier Marcus Fenix is reinstated into the military after spending four years in prison for abandoning his post to save his father. Dominic “Dom” Santiago, Marcus’ best friend and fellow COG, successfully extracts Fenix and takes him to meet Delta Squad.

The cadre seeks to obtain the “resonator” – a device that maps out the caverns where the Locust dwell – in order to deploy the “Lightmass Bomb” and destroy the heart of the Locust forces.

Of course, it’s never really that simple. Hence why this hit 2006 Xbox / Microsoft Windows title spawned four sequels and a spin-off prequel in Gears of War: Judgement.

According to Microsoft, the Gears of War franchise has sold over 22 million units and generated over $1 billion in revenue (as of January 2014).

Netflix Is Developing A Live-Action 'Gears Of War' Movie

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In case it wasn’t painfully obvious, video game adaptations are clearly the future of content. Netflix has already churned out the likes of The Witcher, Castlevania, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Arcane, Resident Evil, Tekken: Bloodline, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and The Cuphead Show!; with plenty more coming to a streaming queue near you soon, ranging from a live-action Assassin’s Creed project, live-action Horizon Zero Dawn series, to animated Splinter Cell and Tomb Raider releases, plus a Bioshock movie.

Outside of the crimson N, there’s been considerable hype surrounding HBO’s The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, Amazon Prime’s Fallout series, AMC’s Alan Wake series, the upcoming Borderlands and Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves movies, as well as Paramount’s ongoing Halo series.

Between all this, Netflix’s Gears of War movie, and oodles of superhero flicks, it really has never been a better time to be a nerd.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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