The Gears of War film has been in development for quite some time, and finally, Netflix has announced that its products will soon begin. Netflix said on Monday that it would adapt Gears of War into a live-action film, the 16th anniversary of the premiere of the video game.
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And as if that weren’t enough, an animated series based on the games has been announced to fill out this new universe even more. This is similar to what Netflix did with The Witcher.
On Twitter, Netflix made the following official announcement: “Gears of War was released 16 years ago today and to mark the occasion, Netflix has partnered with The Coalition to adapt the Gears of War video game saga into a live-action feature film, followed by an adult animated series, with the potential for more stories!”
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There have been talks of adapting Gears of War into a film for a long time, but the project has never managed to move out of the development phase. In March, producer Dylan Clark gave a good update on the film’s progress, saying, “There will shortly be an announcement.” It seems that the prospects for the adaption on Netflix were rather promising at the time.
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It’s natural for fans to speculate whether Dave Bautista will be offered a role in the Gears of War film. Since he was a leading actor in Netflix’s Army of the Dead, this isn’t completely out of the question. Bautista is also a huge Gears of War fan; he proposed a film version to Warner Bros., but the studio ultimately decided against it. As the next best thing to having him feature in the never-made film, he was included as a playable character in Gears of War 5 in 2019.
“I make no pretence about it,” Bautista stated of his intention to feature in the film during an interview with Collider. “When I was chatting to certain people at WB about various topics, I was given the opportunity to bring up the subject of Bane. This has occurred to me once before in my professional life. They asked if I wanted to discuss the Fast and the Furious franchise, but I declined and instead brought up Marcus Fenix, a character from the video game Gears of War.”