One of the most popular Xbox video games of all time, “Gears of War,” is expanding to Netflix.
Netflix is developing a film adaptation of the adult animated sequel based on the sci-fi shooter franchise, the company announced Monday. The stream also stated that there is “potential for more stories to follow.”
Video game developer Microsoft, the consortium that took control of “Gears of War” after acquiring the rights to the series from original creator Epic Games, has partnered with Netflix on the upcoming adaptation.
The original “Gears of War” was released exclusively on the Xbox 360 in 2006 and followed a macho team called Delta Squad against the Locust Horde, an underground alien race decimating humanity. The original Delta Squad crew included Marcus Fenix, Dominic “Dom” Santiago, Augustus Cole and Damon Baird. They used a variety of heavy weapons, rocket launchers, and lancers—rifles equipped with chains—to dispatch the locust swarms.
Between five major entries and several spinoffs, the “Gears of War” franchise has sold more than 40 million copies, making it one of the most popular Xbox franchises. The games, boasting co-op modes that allow players to take on the grasshopper with a friend, are considered to revolutionize the third-person shooter video game genre. The Netflix news comes on the 16th anniversary of the original “Gears of War” game.
There have been many attempts over the years to bring “Gears of War” to the big screen. New Line Cinema briefly acquired the rights to the film adaptation in 2007, and Scott Stuber, now head of original films at Netflix, came on board as a producer in 2013 at Epic Games. Universal to write a 2018 adaptation. Scott hired Frazier, but no other moves were made. Netflix has not announced any filmmakers attached to its adaptation.