Len Wiseman to Direct Gears of War


Len Wiseman (“Underworld” films) will direct New Line’s Gears of War, based on Microsoft and Epic Games’ hit video game, says Variety.

Chris Morgan (Wanted, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) is writing a new draft of the action film that Stuart Beattie originally tackled.

Wiseman will develop the story with Morgan. The two are also collaborating on the sci-fi action thriller Shell Game at Lakeshore Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

“Gears” revolves around a world reeling from an invasion by aliens known as the Locust, and a small team of elite soldiers who fight to retake the planet Sera and save its human inhabitants.

New Line landed the rights to create a bigscreen version of the game last year, with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing via their Temple Hill. “Gears” lead designer Cliff Bleszinski will executive produce the film and consult on its development for Epic.