With Gears of War 4 fast approaching, the mega-popular franchise has been at the forefront of a lot of gamer’s minds recently. With Gears fever this high, it shouldn’t be too surprising to find out that The Coalition is teaming up with Universal Pictures to produce a live-action movie based on the franchise.The announcement was made during a Gears of War 4 livestream hosted by The Coalition head Rod Fergusson. The movie is in the earliest stages of pre-production so no director or writer have been attached. However, we do know that the film is being produced by Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber. Fergusson said that the film will not be directly based on any of the previous Gears of War games. The aim is to make a great film that is true to the spirit of the franchise and not something that is a direct carbon copy.“When you do a movie like this, you have to … realize that it’s a different medium with a different audience,” said Fergusson. “I think if you were to go in and say, like, ‘OK, it’s got to be completely 100 percent faithful to the game canon,’ or the story of the game, like, what’s going to end up happening is … it’s not going to be the best movie.”If this all sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for that. Some of you may remember that New Line Cinema announced it would be producing a Gears of War movie all the way back in 2007 when the franchise was still with Epic Games. That project never went anywhere, but with the Gears of War series having proven itself to be a commercial hit over the past decade, perhaps this attempt at a live-action adaptation will be successful.Gears of War games aren’t exactly known for their deep and involved plots, but there is enough lore in the series that could potentially be mined to create a live-action movie. As always when it comes to films based on video games, we should keep our expectations in check. However, if Hollywood manages to get this one right, it should be one fantastic action movie.