Netflix is partnering with The Coalition to adapt the Gears of War universe, the American streaming service company announced Monday.
Announced on the 16th anniversary of the original Gears of War's 2006 release, the partnership will see Netflix adapt the video game saga into a live-action feature film followed by an adult animated series, with a potential for more stories to follow.
"With over 40 million copies sold," Netflix's press release reads, "Gears of War is one of gaming’s richest and most acclaimed sagas. A society divided and on the brink of collapse faces total extinction by the Locust, a monstrous threat from below. Delta Squad, a ragtag fireteam led by disgraced sergeant Marcus Fenix, is now charged with leading humanity’s last stand. The series has been critically acclaimed for redefining the tactical third-person and co-operative shooter genre and has one of gaming’s most passionate fanbases."
After initially quote tweeting the announcement, "Oh shit," series creator Cliff Bleszinski released a statement celebrating the news, as well as revealing some notable development details.
"Today the news dropped that," Bleszinski's statement reads, "after YEARS of speculation Netflix is adapting [Gears of War] into a movie and an animated series, which is cool AF. And, no, no one has reached out to me to consult on any of the recent games or the Netflix stuff. If they do, cool, but if not, no hard feelings. I have other things that are keeping me busy.
"I wish The Coalition and Netflix the best of luck with their upcoming endeavors."
Per The Hollywood Reporter, no filmmakers or producers are attached to the newly announced adaptations just yet.
Netflix has notably found recent success in creating adaptions of popular video game franchises, including Arcane, Castlevania and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.