The long delayed Gears of War movie is still moving forward, in the wake of the best news yet; LEN WISEMEN (director of the shit hole Underworld series) has left the project. And that’s not all, he left because EPIC wouldn’t let him soften the movie to a PG-13, and include a love story!
Like Peter Jackson’s Halo movie (the one that never was), the Gears of War script Wiseman was using needed a budget of $100 million — and that’s just an estimate. According to Wiseman, the main problem with a GoW movie is the inevitable ‘R’ rating, which would make it less accessible to tweens than say, a PG-13 rating (tell that to the Expendables). On top of that, the Gears script lacked the obligatory awkward love story where the hard outer shell of our hero is melted by a shrew that would make most men run for the hills.
With the Departure of the dead weight, Cliffy B notes they’re reworking the script to be “more like District 9″ rather than 2012 to fit budgetary restraints and stay true to the violence ridden war story that defines Gears of War. Despite delays, these changes actually sound positive and I personally couldn’t be happier. After seeing the aforementioned Expendables, and Rambo I can only hope that they might offer the Directing position to good old Sly Stallone who really knows how to direct violent battle….Just please don’t let him write the script. I still don’t know what the hell Mickey Rourke was talking about in that movie!!