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‘Keep Chris Pratt away’: Gears of War Creator Cliff Bleszinski Demands Chris Pratt Not Star as Marcus Fenix in Netflix Movie

'Keep Chris Pratt away': Gears of War Creator Cliff Bleszinski Demands Chris Pratt Not Star as Marcus Fenix in Netflix Movie

Gears of War creator, Cliff Bleszinski, dubbed “Cliffy B,” stated his dissatisfaction with a possible position for Chris Pratt in either project shortly after the announcement of the Netflix-produced Gears of War movie and adult animated series.

Gears of War is to be adapted into live-action project by Netflix
Gears of War is to be adapted into live-action project by Netflix

Bleszinski was the primary designer on the first three Gears of War games, in which Marcus, Dom, and the rest of their team fought the Locust Horde on the planet Sera. Despite the trilogy’s enormous success, Bleszinski quit Epic Games in 2012, citing he needed a break from making video games. Following his departure, Epic Games continued to produce Gears of War games, with Gears of War 4 picking up twenty-five years after the events of the previous game, and Gears 5 continuing its new story.

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Cliff Bleszinski does not want Chris Pratt in the Gears of Wars film

Gears of War is a massively popular third-person shooter developed by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and released by Xbox Game Studios. It centers on the battle between mankind and the underground reptile hominids known as the Locust Horde. Gears of War became one of the best-selling series for the Xbox 360, with fans waiting a long time for the harsh and gritty action to make the move from the video game to the big screen.

Thankfully, it appears that waiting has paid off, as Netflix announced earlier this week that a Gears of War film and animated series are in the works. “Gears of War was released 16 years ago today and to mark the occasion, Netflix has partnered with The Coalition to adapt the Gears of War video game saga into a live-action feature film, followed by an adult animated series — with the potential for more stories to follow!” Netflix announced in a statement.

Chris Pratt in the Tomorrow War
Chris Pratt in the Tomorrow War

Cliff Bleszinski recently came to Twitter to discuss Netflix’s upcoming Gears of War franchise. Among his several remarks on project casting possibilities, the video game designer sarcastically insisted that Chris Pratt not feature in the film.

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Despite his success on Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has fallen out of favor with many audiences in recent years. One of the main reasons viewers have gravitated toward Pratt in recent years is his casting as Nintendo’s renowned plumber in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, with many expressing concern over his lack of Italian ancestry.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Many fans of the video game franchise condemned the piece of audio heard of his performance as sounding like a sloppy effort to imitate Charles Martinet’s famed vocal performance when the first Super Mario Bros. Movie teaser was released in early October. Given the early poor reaction to his performance as Mario in the animated feature, it’s obvious why Bleszinski would be resistant to Pratt appearing in any of the Gears of War adaptations now in development at Netflix.

Cliff Bleszinski wants Dave Bautista and Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming Gears of War film

Following the news that Netflix is working on a Gears of War film, Bleszinski stated his desire on Twitter for wrestler-turned-actor Bautista to play Marcus Fenix, the main protagonist of the first three Gears games. While Bleszinski has not yet been invited to participate as a producer on the Netflix project, he has suggested that a Latino actor play Dom Santiago, Marcus’ right-hand man in the video games.

Gears of War
Dave Bautista ditches Fast & Furious for Gears of War

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“I don’t make any pretence about it,” Bautista admitted last year. “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.’ That happened to me one other time in my career. They wanted to talk to me about Fast and the Furious, and I said, ‘I’m not interested, let’s talk about [Gears of War character] Marcus Fenix’…”

While Ryan Reynolds’ name was initially mentioned by a fan, the addition of Dave Bautista is certainly something that Bleszinski believes is required when Gears of War enters theatres in the near future. Fortunately, Bautista has frequently declared his desire to lead the franchise.

Source: ScreenRant


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