No.4 Gears of War
Ex-con and super-soldier Marcus Fenix must protect his planet from a relentless onslaught by the subterranean horde known only as Locust. Also: chainsaws!
Why it could work:
So many reasons. While the Gears Of War franchise will never be accused of being a deep, meaningful dissertation of the perils of war, its Black Hawk Down-style of action, mixed in with enough pathos and sorrow to choke an elephant makes for a potent mixture. Locust bad guys come in all shapes and sizes, with some reaching skyscraper size, requiring the use of orbital weaponry to destroy. At its heart, Gears Of War is the science fiction version of Saving Private Ryan, with all the gore and pulse-pounding action that entails.
Why it might not work:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a Gears Of War movie would be prohibitively expensive to produce and Hollywood isn’t handing out blank checks to any movies based ongames. Prince Of Persia did a belly-flop last year. With a storyline that never stops for a moment’s rest in between major action sequences and wave after wave of gigantic alien baddies a studio would need very deep pockets to even consider making this movie.
Who should be involved:
Marcus Fenix could easily be played by a wide variety of leading men. Wanna go with sheer physical resemblance? Cast Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Fenix isn’t exactly a young man, so a still amazingly fit Sylvester Stallone could fill his shoes. Or you could go for a underdog choice and cast Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell, who has the look, the build, and the acting chops for the role.
Out of this world. With the right people both in front of and behind the camera, and a studio willing to go nuts on the budget, this could very well be the next major action franchise.