Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) has announced that he will be involved in yet another video game movie adaptation, though failed to mention what it was. However, fans have begun speculating, and the hot topic is surrounding a potential live-action Gears of War movie (amidst other strange options like Fable and another Doom).
In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, Johnson confirmed that he’s currently working on another video game movie, and it’s expected to be announced this year. However, he fell short of mentioning the movie, though fans seem to think it fits the bill for a Gears of War adaptation. Johnson is no stranger to video game movies, having starred in both Doom and Rampage in the past.
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New Line Cinema acquired the rights to a Gears of War movie in 2007, though nothing came of it. The rights were then acquired by Universal Pictures in 2017, who have yet to reveal their plans for any cinematic adaptations. Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista has been famously campaigning to play the games’ protagonist Marcus Fenix for a few years now, but if Johnson is picked for the role, we imagine that won’t sit well with Bautista. Ideally, both actors could star in the movie, but it would be strange to see Johnson in a supporting role (we doubt he’d accept it either).
Johnson’s full quote from Men’s Journal, when asked about if he’s planning another video game movie, reads:
“I can’t tell you which game in particular we’re doing, but there will be an announcement this year. We’re going to bring one of the biggest, most badass games to the screen – one that I’ve played for years. I’m really excited to bring it to fans around the world. Of course we’re going to do right by our gamer friends, but really we’re just going to make a great movie.”
Johnson’s careful wording there suggests that he might be involved in another Doom adaptation, as the wrestler-turned-actor previously starred in the 2004 movie. He also appeared as a character in Fortnite recently, though we don’t think a Fortnite movie is on the table. That just leaves Gears of War, and if Xbox plans to make a push into adapting their video games into movies and series (such as the Paramount+ Halo TV series), then now is the time to strike.
Source: Men’s Journal