The prospect of Armageddon is one of the scarier notions facing humanity today — but apparently it's not as scary for movie studios based on an upcoming film from director Len Wiseman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Live Free or Die Hard" helmer is attached to produce and direct an untitled pitch — though the article's headline identifies the film's title as "Nocturne" — for 20th Century Fox. The film's plot centers on a handful of survivors following a wide-scale apocalyptic event and how each of them arrived at their current dilemma. Writers have yet to be hired.
With "2012" coming out this week and a prospective television follow-up to the film announced, it really does seem that post-apocalyptic narratives are all the rage in Hollywood these days. But I'm not here to lampoon Wiseman for his decision to join the bandwagon — instead, I want to know how this is going to effect "Gears of War."
Wiseman has long been attached as the director for "Gears of War," the video game adaptation that has undergone a few writer changes in the past year or so. The script is currently in Billy Ray's hands, while the directorial job still belonged to Wiseman last I heard.
But when Wiseman's upcoming slate is name-checked in THR's article — a list that includes "Atlantis Rising" and futuristic war pic "Shrapnel" — "Gears of War" is conspicuously absent.
Did I miss something somewhere along the lines? Is Wiseman off the project and I just didn't get the memo? Perhaps it was an oversight on THR's part and I'm reading too much into it — or, maybe, the futuristic war pic "Shrapnel" is just a code name for "Gears of War," as Hollywood executives occasionally disguise top-secret projects.
That last theory is a little too conspiratorial even for my tastes, but I still want to know what's up with "Gears of War." I really believe that it could be the first genuinely great video game movie, so I've got my fingers crossed that the film hasn't been ambushed by development hell's own Locust Horde.
What do you think of Wiseman's post-apocalyptic thriller? Do you think "Gears of War" is still happening with Wiseman at the helm, or is he off the project? Let us know your theories and thoughts in the comments and on Twitter!