Wyck Godfrey was pretty stoked about producing a Gears of War movie, but Underworld director Len Wiseman has since abandoned the project, leaving Epic director-less. What happened?
Like Peter Jackson's Halo movie (the one that never was), the live-action Gears of War script Wiseman was using needed a budget of $100 million -- and that's just an estimate. But hey, Rockstar pulled it off with Grand Theft Auto IV, so why couldn't the Epic crew?
According to Wiseman, the main problem with a GoW movie is the inevitable 'R' rating, which would make it less accessible than say, a PG-13 rating. On top of that, the Gears script lacked the obligatory awkward love story. Bromances just won't cut it in the man's mind... nor Hollywood.
So Wiseman is gone, and CliffyB notes they're reworking the script to be "more like District 9" rather than 2012. Despite delays, these changes actually sound positive, and Wiseman should be smacked.
The upcoming Gears of War 3 is expected early April 2011.