Fincher is executive producing the trailer for "Halo 4" that has Tim Miller directing. Miller made a name for himself through effects work via his company Blur Studios, who contributed to a movie you might have heard of called "Avatar" (among others). But the Fincher connection comes because of 'Dragon Tattoo,' where Miller served as Creative Director on that crazy title sequence. And geeks will likely remember Miller as the helmer tasked with directing the "Deadpool" movie that seems to be no longer happening. Either way, whatever Fincher and Miller dream up will likely be something special and we'll see the results when it premieres on October 18th on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Meanwhile, remember that "Gears of War" movie? Once attached to Len Wiseman with a script from Chris Morgan ("Wanted") and Billy Ray ("Breach"), it followed an ex-convict and soldier named Marcus Fenix who leads an elite group in an attempt to protect the planet Sera from a subterranean race known as the Locust. Development stalled out in 2010 at New Line, but Epic Games is giving it another go. CAA will be repping the rights as the project goes out to producers. Stuart Beattie ("Tomorrow, When The War Began," "I, Frankenstein") has penned the most recent draft, but no word yet on if it will be used. But with the fourth installment in the $1 billion game franchise arriving next year with "Gears of War: Judgment," interest should be high.
And while video game movies -- when they do make it to the big screen -- can do good business (please see: "Resident Evil"), they can also be stuck in development hell (please see: "Halo"). So it's a coin toss how this eventually turn out. [Gamasutra/Variety]