There better be a ‘whooo!’ The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson was celebrating the upcoming launch of Gears of War 4 this evening during a livestream when he dropped the news. Microsoft is teaming up with Universal to make the movie a reality. Here’s what we know so far.

The movie is in the pre-production stages and will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark (Bluegrass Films). Stuber’s production credits include Central Intelligence, Ted and the upcoming Patriots Day (that movie covers the events of the Boston Marathon bombing). Clark helped make Planet of the Apes and Oblivion a reality. Well hell, I’m officially pumped now.

As for who is directing, writing and a release window? It’s way too early for those details.

News of a movie in the Gears franchise isn’t all that surprising. The franchise is one of Microsoft’s biggest. More than 27 million copies have been sold pulling in $1 billion in gross revenue. And that number is about to see a good pump with Gears of War 4. I’ve been playing it this week, and it is fantastic. Look for my review when the embargo drops.

Now where’s Halo?

Remember that epic movie trailer from 2012?

Dammit, it still hurts we never saw that movie. I’m crossing my fingers Gears of War’s movie turns out good so we can get a Halo movie. As far as we know, Microsoft is still working on the Halo TV show for Showtime with Steven Spielberg producing.

Let’s just hope the Assassin’s Creed movie starts a trend of good video game movies. There’s so much untapped content just waiting to be turned into a movie. And it gives Hollywood something to do besides churning out superhero movies all the time. Hey, I like them too – but a little variety never hurt.

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