In July, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton – the writers of PIRANHA 3DD and SAW IV-VII – were confirmed by Sony Pictures to be writing the GOD OF WAR adaptation. GOD OF WAR is a video game in which a Spartan warrior known as Kratos goes on a quest to dethrone and destroy Ares (the titular God of War). Speaking to IGN Dunston and Melton had this to say about their upcoming interpretation:
In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan’s rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him — like they’re doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original — we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids. In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break. Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes — give or take — of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take. We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.
They’re certainly setting their sights high, but it’s good to hear they want some serious character development. They also shared some ideas about Ares:
In the game, you know, he’s immortal, and he doesn’t really do much besides raid Athens… So we’re trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain.
Let’s be honest. It’s almost impossible to get excited about a video game adaptation. They just don’t turn out well. We’ve also seen a lot of Greek God battling in the likes of WRATH OF THE TITANS and PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF. I believe this will be more brutal and bloody, but will an R-Rated film really be able to raise the budget an epic tale like this needs?
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