Legendary Pictures has come on board to co-finance and co-produce Gears of War, a project based on Microsoft and Epic Games' hit videogame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Len Wiseman is directing with Chris Morgan writing the script. The first draft was penned by Stuart Beattie.

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Gears of War centers on a world beset by aliens known as the Locust and a team of soldiers fighting to retake the planet. The violent action title is Microsoft's second best selling videogame franchise, behind Halo. A sequel is coming out in November.

New Line had initially aimed for a summer 2009 release for the picture, but Warner has not yet dated Gears of War.