It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 15 years since Gears of War first debuted on Xbox 360 consoles. Since then, the franchise has amassed global popularity among games and spawned several sequels but surprisingly, no studio opted to make it a live-action film or series. Until now.
The official Netflix Twitter account shared the news earlier this week that they are partnering up with The Coalition to adapt Gears of War into a live-action feature film, with plans to follow that up with an “adult animated series” along with the potential for possible sequels.
Gears of War was released 16 years ago today and to mark the occasion, Netflix has partnered with The Coalition to adapt the @GearsofWar video game saga into a live action feature film, followed by an adult animated series — with the potential for more stories to follow! pic.twitter.com/3zInFSnUu4
— Netflix (@netflix) November 7, 2022
The announcement has left fans of the franchise crying out against the idea considering Netflix’s recent debacle with The Witcher series, which was based on a series of books before becoming a critically acclaimed video game franchise. Considering how that all turned out, along with Netflix’s notorious habit of completely abandoning source material for their own creative visions that suck moose asshole 100% of the time, and not to mention the countless projects they abruptly abandon before completion, this will surely end up being a disaster.
Oh cool, another franchise adaptation that will be awful
— flim flam (@ChrisAnerton) November 7, 2022
— Crosby 🥐 (@CrosbyCroissant) November 8, 2022
They're gonna butcher it just like they're in the process of butchering Witcher. Netflix never respects the source material.
— Gabe G-LOC💪🏻 (@QuakeStormG3) November 7, 2022
We certainly don’t blame the fans, especially after what Netflix did to Cowboy Bebop, Resident Evil, and most recently, The Witcher. Those are only a few of the more high-profile projects they took on that ended up being a total and complete dumpster fire hated by pretty much everyone. At this point, we have to wonder just what the people in charge of choosing to work with Netflix are thinking. Because honestly, they are not the studio you want handling your anime or video game projects.
There isn’t much to report on casting and writers just yet but we assume that whoever Netflix chooses, they will likely be vehemently against following the source material in any beneficial way that would please fans. Because, and let’s be honest, Netflix’s motto certainly seems to be “fuck the fans”.