Dave Bautista loves Gears Of War. He loves it with his whole heart. He loves it to the extent that he turned down a role in Fast & Furious (one of the most lucrative film franchises of recent times) because he wanted a Gears Of War film instead.
Speaking to Collider, the actor detailed the lengths with which he goes to gauge the possibility of playing his favourite characters in an adaptation. He had arranged a meeting with DC Films to discuss the future of the supervillain Bane and whether or not there was room for a former heavyweight wrestler to take on that role. "I don't make any pretense about it. I had a chance to get a meeting at WB, they were talking to me about this and that and I said 'hey, let's talk about Bane,'" explained Bautista. The outcome of that conversation wasn't the one he wanted, but he wasn't discouraged. Sharing a photo of himself on Twitter, he wrote "my life seems to be a continuing mission to find an alternative route to get to where I want to be. I'm good with that."
Bautista's next film is Army of the Dead, from director Zack Snyder. What happens when a mercenary group targets a Las Vegas casino in the midst of an apocalypse and the zombies won't give it away without a fight? Well, check out the trailer below.
It's clear the actor is dead set on the Gears Of War film, and given the renaissance that video game adaptations have had lately, it's not out of the realms of possibility. "That happened to me one other time in my career," continued Bautista. "They [Universal Pictures] wanted to talk to me about Fast and the Furious, and I said 'I'm not interested, let's talk about Marcus Fenix.'" The film is in development at the production company and has been for about four years. Shane Salerno - known for writing Armageddon and the four upcoming sequels to James Cameron's Avatar - has been assigned the screenplay, however, it has been reported that the film might not even feature Marcus Fenix.
Former series director Rod Fergusson said that the adaptation "would not be based on any particular game but instead be a new story set in the universe." Still, come on. At least give Bautista a cameo or a post-credits scene playing Marcus Fenix. All this being said, he does play a character in Gears 5, who has the same name as his ring persona, and the Xbox Series X upgrade for the game lets you swap in Batista for Fenix in the single-player campaign as a New Game+ bonus.
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