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Gears of War film adaptation in the works at Universal

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Universal Pictures is gearing up for battle. The studio has optioned film rights to Gears of War, the sci-fi shoot-’em-up videogame series from Microsoft Studios.

A big-screen adaptation of the billion-dollar franchise is in the works with producers Scott Stuber (Ted, Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), of Universal-based Bluegrass Films. No writer or director has been named for the project.

Launched in 2006, Gears of War is set on an Earth-like planet called Sera, where humans battle a race of reptilian creatures known as the Locust Horde. The protagonist of the first three games is a soldier named Marcus Fenix, while the hero of the upcoming Gears of War 4 is his son, J.D. It’s not yet known whether the movie will follow the game’s storyline or strike out in a new direction.

Universal won’t be the first studio to take a crack at Gears: New Line previously attempted to bring the game to the screen, with Len Wiseman directing and Chris Morgan writing.

Gears of War 4 will be released for Xbox One and Windows 10 on Oct. 11.