Every console carries a selection of exclusive franchises that keeps bringing consumers back to their brand. With Microsoft, those franchises are Halo, Forza, and Gears of War, the latter of which only recently joined Microsoft's in-house development slate. Along with pushing out new games, the publisher is keen on getting a Gears of War movie made, though that's something Epic Games had been trying to do for years.
In 2007, New Line Cinema acquired the franchise's theatrical rights and hired Stuart Beattie to pen the script, with Len Wiseman reportedly directing and franchise creator Cliff Bleszinski executive producing. Years passed and Wiseman ended up dropping the project, after which the studio scaled back the film's budget to below the $100 million mark.
At the launch of Gears of War 4 in 2014, the Coalition's Rod Fergusson confirmed the movie is still happening. This time, however, Universal will be making the film, with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark producing. The fact is, a lot has changed since 2007. And now with Microsoft helming the franchise, hopefully they don't fall into the same trap that muddled chances of the Halo movie hitting theaters.