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Plans for Gears of War movie emerge in Hollywood yet again

Shifting back into Gears

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The long-in-development movie adaptation of Gears of War is making the rounds in Hollywood again, as Creative Artists Agency will be courting new producers and a new studio for the proposed action flick, according to Variety.

Gears of War is reportedly in turnaround at New Line Cinema, meaning the studio is looking to recoup its development costs by selling development rights to another interested party. Gears of War has been in development at New Line since 2007, with Underworld and Total Recall director Len Wiseman originally attached.

The Gears of War movie reportedly had its production budget slashed from $100 million, with a decrease in scale and scope to match, in 2010. Former Gears of War design director Cliff Bleszinski said the movie was mired in development hell in 2011.

Variety reports that the screenplay penned by Stuart Beattie (Collateral, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is likely to be the version that CAA uses in its negotiations. Previous stabs at the Gears script were penned by Chris Morgan (Fast Five) and Billy Ray (The Hunger Games).

Cliff Bleszinski, one of the major creative forces behind the Gears of War games, announced he was leaving Epic Games last week after 20 years with the company.

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