Netflix Taps ‘Dune’ Screenwriter Jon Spaihts To Pen ‘Gears of War’

Netflix has seemingly found its scriptwriter for their film adaption of the hit video game Gears Of War. Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts has been tapped to handle the screenplay, which purports to place the movie in a separate universe from the video games.

Spaihts said in a statement, “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.”

The streaming service is partnering with Gears of War developers The Coalition to make the film as well as an animated series for mature audiences. They plan on leaving the door open for other content.

Spaihts has also done work for Marvel Studios, penning Doctor Stranger, and for Legendary Pictures where he worked on Dune and its upcoming sequel.

Since the movie was announced in 2007, it has labored in development limbo. Previously, New Line Cinema was attached to it until 2016 when the rights were picked up by Universal Studios. In 2022, Netflix acquired the rights.

The first Gears of War game was released in 2006 and has since produced nine sequels. There have been novels and board games based on the franchise as well.

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