Today during the Gears of War Live broadcast, The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson announced that Universal Pictures has optioned motion picture rights to Microsoft Studios’ iconic “Gears of War” franchise, based on the Xbox video game series.
Scott Stuber (“Ted” series, “Central Intelligence”) and Dylan Clark (“Planet of the Apes” series, “Oblivion”) will produce for their Universal-based Bluegrass Films. In addition, Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone will oversee the project for Universal and Senior Vice President Jay Ireland will oversee for Bluegrass.
“Gears of War” franchise background:
- “Gears of War” is one of the most celebrated sagas in videogame history. The franchise defined the first-generation of HD gaming upon its release and has since gone on to exceed to exceed $1 billion in grosses with over 45 million players worldwide.
- Microsoft acquired the “Gears of War” series in 2014 and co-creator Rod Fergusson returned to lead The Coalition, the Microsoft development studio focused exclusively on Gears of War.
- “Gears of War Ultimate Edition,” a remake of the landmark original, was recently released for Xbox One and Windows 10. It has over 3 million players since 2015, with over half new to the franchise.
- “Gears of War 4” is set for launch on October 11, 2016 as Microsoft’s blockbuster Holiday tent pole release for Xbox One and Windows 10.
“Gears of War” by the numbers:
- $1 billion gross revenue
- 45 million unique users
- 27 million copies sold
- 3 billion hours played
- 510+ industry awards and nominations
This announcement came out of nowhere and the Gears franchise keeps on growing bigger and bigger.