‘Dune’ Director to write screenplay for Gears of War


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Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Jon Spaihts, one of the creative masterminds behind the 2021 film “Dune,” has been tapped to write the screenplay for Netflix’s upcoming 2023 Gears of War film adaptation.

Spaihts gave high praise to the video game franchise in a since released statement.

“Gears of War” is one of the all-time great action games, with vivid characters, a beautifully designed world and a combat system that drives home the lethality of war and the importance of standing by your squadmates,” Spaihts said. “It wants to be cinema, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help that happen.”

Spaihts’ Hollywood resume includes writing credits from the acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe, having co-written the first Doctor Strange film in 2016.

Outside the superhero world, he has written scripts for Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy,” “Passengers” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt and “Prometheus” starring Michael Fassbender.

The Dune screenwriter was initially tapped as showrunner for “Dune: The Sisterhood” series, which was set to air on HBOMax, but stepped away from the project to focus on “Dune: Part Two.”

Netflix announced in November 2022 that the streaming giant was partnering with The Coalition, a Canadian based gaming company, to adapt Gears of War into movie format.

Shortly after “Gears of War” is turned into a feature film, an animated series will be in development, The Hollywood Reporter announced.

Hollywood has long been plagued by the myth that movies based on video games never have the best of luck at the box office.

But recent video game adaptations have bucked that story, taking the media by storm in recent years.

While recent television adaptations have had surprisingly positive feedback, including HBO’s mega smash “The Last of Us,” other franchises, like Pokémon, have always managed to avoid the Hollywood curse.

Netflix also broke the curse with positively received content “The Witcher” and “Arcane.”

“Gears of War” is not Netflix’s first video game adaptation. Netflix is also home to content including “Assassin’s Creed,” as both a television show and mobile game, “Sonic Prime” and “BioShock.”

Gears of War is not the only Xbox property to get this treatment.

Halo has been transformed into a series with a second season in development thanks to Paramount+.

Other media entities have attempted to bring Gears of War to the big screen. Universal, New Line andother production companies have tried but were unsuccessful.

Gears of War was released on Xbox gaming platforms in November 2006. The franchise went on to become a hit success.

The game centers on the Delta Squad, a team of infantry members that engages in warfare with the Locust Horde, a race of enhanced humans from the underground. The team is led by disgraced sergeant Marcus Fenix and together they face off against their enemies on the battle torn planet of Sera.

With a confirmed writer, pop culture fanatics are one step closer to learning who will join the franchise in film format. Marvel actor Dave Bautista has shown interest in joining the “Gears of War” universe.

Bautista, who once described Marcus Fenix as his “dream role,” posted a video of himself in Gears of War armorwith the caption “I can’t make this any easier.”

The Gears of War film adaptation is expected to release in late 2023.