Continuing the trend of video game adaptations into Hollywood movies, Len Wiseman, the director of blockbusters like Underworld evolution, Die Hard and Live Free will now be directing the first of a series of three movies based on the game “Gears of Wars”.
About his new venture, Lee Wiseman offered some interesting bits of information – which gives us some hope that the movie would not possibly fall into the obvious traps. Wiseman intends to make the movie more sci-fi than gothic and violent, and hence is more concerned about the fictional gadgets that will be portrayed in the movie.
The interest in Gears of Wars came when Wiseman was directing the movie Die Hard 4 and wanted a video game for a background scene with Kevin Smith. Admitting that he himself is not into gaming too much, Wiseman said, “I suck at video games, it just takes me too long and I can’t get the coordination of ‘em. When I was working on Die Hard 4, I had to choose some video game for the background in a scene with Kevin Smith. I was shown about a dozen games and told to ‘Choose one to be in the background’ and I said ‘this one looks really, really cool whatever it is,’ and it was Gears Of War. I just really connected with it; the design of it the world, the whole thing. So I actually brought an Xbox 360 to start researching what it was.”
Lee Wiseman is currently penning the script alongside Chris Morgan who wrote “Wanted”, “The Fast and the Furious” and its sequel “Tokyo Drift” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious”.
Lee Wiseman and Chris Morgan seem to be aiming for a trilogy which Wiseman describes as a hardened version of “Lord of The Rings”. Don’t know how much this vision of theirs is going to be fulfilled but since Wiseman is not too much into gaming can assure that the flick will not end up in bottom ten, as there is always a possibility of getting carried away.
The film is still being written, so it’s unlikely we will see it in cinemas anytime soon. A report from Temple Hill Entertainment last year suggests that a mid-year release in 2010 could prove possible.