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Spaihts to direct Gears of War movie for Netflix

March 22, 2023

By Nik Roseveare

In November of 2022 Netflix announced a content deal with The Coalition to adapt the Gears of War universe for a number of Netflix projects.

Netflix has now announced it will first adapt the video game saga into a live action feature film, directed by Jon Spaihts (Dune, Doctor Strange, Promotheus), followed by an adult animated series, with the potential for more stories to follow.

Spaihts commented: “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. It wants to be cinema, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help that happen.”

A spokesperson for The Coalition added: “We’re thrilled to partner with Jon and the Netflix team to bring Gears of War to life. Jon is a master storyteller with a talent for creating epic science fiction universes and he truly loves Gears of War. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to honor our franchise and deliver an authentic story to our fans.”

With over 40 million copies sold, Gears of War is one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas. A society divided and on the brink of collapse faces total extinction by the Locust, a monstrous threat from below. Delta Squad, a ragtag fireteam led by disgraced sergeant Marcus Fenix, is now charged with leading humanity’s last stand. The series has been critically acclaimed for redefining the tactical third-person and co-operative shooter genre and has one of gaming’s most passionate fanbases.

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