Dave Bautista, an ex-WWE star and cinnamon bun of a human being who is the best part of movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, and Hotel Artemis, wants to play Marcus Fenix in a film version of the Xbox video game series Gears of War. Given how perfect that would be, we decided to round out the rest of the soldiers in Fenix’s unit.
“I have been pursuing Gears of War for years now,” Bautista revealed. “I believe it’s in the hands of Universal Studios. And I have been knocking on their door and badgering them and they are so sick of me.”
“Marcus Fenix is absolutely a dream role for me,” he added.
For those who haven’t curb-stomped monsters in pools of blood, Gears of War, originally developed by Epic Games, is a gnarly series about the last remnants of humanity — united under the Coalition of Ordered Governments, or COG — who wage war against a legion of monsters known as the Locust Horde.
Gamers play as Marcus Fenix, a COG soldier with a soul patch who was discharged for disobeying orders (for a noble reason, of course) but rejoins to find his father, a scientist who played a key role in “Emergence Day” — the day the Locust made themselves known.
Naturally, Marcus isn’t alone. Along for the ride is his BFF, Dom, whom co-op players control in multiplayer, and more hardened COG vets who stare death in the face on a regular basis.
A movie based on Gears of War has been in and out of development for years. Bautista is right, the project is in the care of Universal Studios and Len Wiseman, director of the Underworld series, has been attached since 2008. But the film has languished in limbo for years.
If Bautista’s buzz-worthy comments can snap the film into production, then the following supporting cast could make it what would be the dopest video game movie of all time. Welcome to Delta Squad.