November 15, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. by Susanne Braun – On November 7, 2022, those responsible at Netflix tweeted that they not only wanted to donate a film to the Gears of War game series as part of a live-action implementation, but that afterwards as well an Animated Series appears, which is aimed at adults. Who do you think will play Marcus Fenix then? One actor is particularly interested, and has been for years: Dave Bautista.
The Gears of War game series has delighted fans around the world, and the German version has not been indexed in this country for some time. So we can also freely talk about Gears of War, a tactical shooter in which you take control of former Gear sergeant Marcus Fenix, who finds himself in an almost hopeless situation with his best friend Dominic Santiago.
The humanoid Locust have attacked the inhabitants of the planet Sera, nearly wiping them out in a war that lasted around 14 years. All former Gear soldiers are activated to stop the downfall of mankind in a last effort – you are then mainly in a squad and act more tactically. Of course, a lot of tragic side stories unfold over the Gears adventures, which span several games, comics and books.
So there is enough fodder for a film adaptation. And this, as well as an animated series aimed at adults, was announced by those responsible at Netflix on November 7, 2022!
Dave Bautista would like to be Marcus Fenix
A film about Gears of War is not that surprising, because a film adaptation has been in discussion since 2007, at that time still at New Line Cinema. There was a script and a director, but the project never materialized. Plans for another film adaptation at Universal Studios were announced in 2016. It’s safe to assume that this is also an abandoned project – and that Netflix is now doing its own thing.
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For years, an actor and former wrestler has been recommended for the roles of Marcus Fenix. In June 2018, in an interview with Gamespot, Bautista emphasized that he had been hunting for Gears of War for a long time.
“I’ve been bugging them for so long, they’re probably fed up,” said Bautista, who knocked on the door at Universal and inquired about the status of the project. “Marcus Fenix would be a dream role for me,” he adds. Given that Dave Bautista was on the Netflix production Army of the Dead, hopefully there’s a good chance he’ll get to use the Lancer against some Locust as Marcus Fenix. From a purely visual point of view, the actor also fits the model.