Legendary Helps Turn Gears of War

New Line Cinema’s big-screen adaptation of the bestselling video game Gears of War is getting some financial aid from Legendary Pictures, according to Daily Variety. Having co-produced the Warner Bros. hits The Dark Knight and 300, Legendary will co-finance and co-produce director Len Wiseman’s take on the interactive sensation from Microsoft and Epic Games.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing the sci-fi actioner from a script by Chris Morgan (Wanted, The Fast and the Furious 4). The pic marks Legendary’s first collaboration with New Line, which was absorbed into Warner Bros. a couple months ago.

Gears of War is a third-person tactical action/horror game that has players take on the role of Marcus Fenix, a soldier at war against the immense Locust Horde, a mass of nightmarish creatures that threatens human existence. Most remarkable for its sophisticated next-generation graphics, the game debuted in 2006 and quickly sold more than three million units to become the bestselling game for Xbox 360 and the most popular Xbox Live title. The game also took Game of the Year at the 2007 Game Developers Choice Awards, held in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Epic Games developed Gears of War as a multi-platform entertainment franchise and had already crafted story elements beyond those presented in the game to prepare for film and publishing opportunities. Cliff ‘CliffyB’ Bleszinski, who served as lead designer on the game, will serve as exec producer on the film.