Gears of War film producer Wyck Godfrey wants to be like JJ Abrams and create a Cloverfield-like story about survival in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic event. He could even use big dinosaur monsters if he wanted: they're canon.
The "hard part", he told Making Of (via Kotaku), will be side-stepping a "a world torn asunder and people just in battle" because that's not Zeitgeist.
"You've got to figure out," he said. "I think we really want to focus on the idea of a world that's running well and then [clicks fingers] it's Emergence Day. And make it impactful and immediate and [about] those 48 hours as people survive Emergence Day.
"It's more like Cloverfield or something like that, because trying to tell the epic story of an alien planet that's living in a horrific environment just feels like the wrong mood right now."
The Gears of War film will be made by Legendary Pictures and New Line Cinema. Underworld and Die Hard 4.0 director Len Wiseman will be at the helm, steered by Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinksi.
Writer Chris Morgan thinks Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would make a great Marcus Fenix, although no cast have been revealed just yet.