Gears of War Movie Gets Avatar Sequel Writer Shane Salerno

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Gears of War film acquires writer Shane Salerno from the Avatar sequels

Gears of War film acquires writer Shane Salerno from the Avatar sequels

Microsoft and The Coalition‘s Gears of War video game franchise is on its way to the big screen, and today Universal Pictures has acquired Shane Salerno to write the screenplay, according to Deadline. The film was announced last October, shortly before Gears of War 4 was released for Xbox One. At the time, Rod Fergusson, studio head of game developer at The Coalition, had stated that the story would be new and not based on any of the particular games that have been released. Universal’s Dylan Clark will produce.

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Salerno is the writer for the four sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar, as well as The Cartel for director Ridley Scott (He also produced that one.) He’s also known for writing Armageddon and Savages for Michael Bay and Oliver Stone, respectively.

Gears of War 4 marked the beginning of an epic new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises, as a new band of heroes rises to confront a fearsome new threat. Harkening back to the dark and intense roots of the original classic, fans can expect a familiar, yet distinct evolution of gameplay, including brutal and intimate action, a heart-pounding campaign, genre-defining multiplayer and stunning visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was released for Xbox One in 2015 and for Windows 10 in 2016. The iconic video game launched its first version back in 2006 and lets you play as a member of the Delta Squad as they try to save the few remaining humans on the planet Sera from the Locust Horde.

Are you guys excited to see Gears of War brought to life on the big screen? Who would you like to see cast in the film? What do you think of the choice of writer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.