Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Report: Gears of War screenplay emerges

In November 2005, Latinoreview.com announced it had acquired quite the scoop. That's when the popular film-script site posted a detailed breakdown of the original version of the Halo movie script, penned by novelist and 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland. Latinoreview.com editor El Mayimbe hailed the screenplay as "a tour de force"...which made the eventual indefinite delay of the Master Chief's big-screen debut all the more heartbreaking.

Now, Latinoreview.com claims to have come into possession of the treatment for the Gears of War film's script, which was first revealed back in March. Written by Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), the Gears treatment weighs in at 22 pages, according to a reader going by the handle "Gearhead."

Gearhead reports that the Gears film begins as the planet Sera's last human-on-human war is concluding. After 79 years of constant conflict, mankind finally knows world peace...until the Locust horde emerge from their underground realm and begin slaughtering the celebrating surface populace.

The film begins with heroes Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago already in the army of the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG). However, it shows other characters from the game, including thrashball star Augustus "Cole Train" Cole, prior to their military service. The film also features Fenix's wife Maria, who goes missing during the chaos of Emergence Day along with his children.

To learn more about the Gears of War film, which currently does not have a release date, read the treatment review on Latinoreview.com. Though it contains some spoilers, the review covers only the first third of the script treatment. (Thanks Hgreca.)

1 comment:

Army Strong said...

With a tentative release date of 2009 and no producer or director named, I'm going to chalk this one up as 'iffy'. Treatments from the studio this early are usually just to lure in a production team and director. Of course, once the creative team gets their hands on the material, you can pretty much chuck the original treatment out the window.

It could be worse, they could have named Uwe Boll the director.