Netflix is developing both a live-action feature and an adult animated series based on the bestselling video game Gears of War, which is one of Xbox 360’s biggest titles.
Netflix spent months negotiating with Canadian game developer The Coalition for the media rights to the hit franchise, which was first released exactly 16 years ago today — on Nov. 7, 2006.
Gears of War is set on a planet that’s already on the brink of societal collapse when it faces another threat of extinction — the rise of underground creatures known as Locusts — forcing a disgraced soldier named Marcus Fenix to lead a ragtag group known as the Delta Squad in a fight to save humanity.
There aren’t any writers, directors, or producers attached to Gears of War just yet, but seeing as the franchise has sold over 40 million units worldwide, Netflix is expected to aim high on that front.
Gears of War was previously in development at both New Line (in 2007) and Universal (in the mid-2010s), where Netflix film boss Scott Stuber was once developing the project as a producer. It has now come full circle, and given Stuber’s predilection for the property, it’s safe to assume that the feature will be a priority for the streamer.