'God of War' Writers Give Update on Long-Delayed Film Adaptation

August 31, 2012
Source: IGN

God of War

The last time we wrote about the God of War movie on this site, it was all the way back in 2008 when Brett Ratner was attached to direct. Thankfully he seems to have moved on, since the project is currently without a director, but we finally have an update about the long-delayed movie. IGN spoke to Pacific Rim writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who were brought on to rewrite David Self's original God of War screenplay, and the scribes offered up info about how they had to update the script so it wouldn't rip off Immortals and 300, and they detailed their plan to humanize the deadly main character Kratos. Read on!

Here's what Dunstan told IGN:

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.

Ah, the old Batman Begins comparison. If you've been reading movie news for years like us, you've heard this comparison made about a million times so far, and I definitely rolled my eyes when I read this quote, but then Melton chimed in:

With God of War, the studio's saying, 'We're going to spend $150 million to make this movie. We really need to understand this character and get behind him and feel his pain and feel his emotions so that, when he is in these giant set pieces, we're in there with him and we're feeling it.' That is a critique of some of these big action films is that they often get too big and just become noise; you're not invested in the character.

Now that's more like it. It's always good to at least hear screenwriters are aiming to make the character come before the spectacle, and if his quote is coming from a studio executive, that's even better. Maybe they're finally getting it after the recent failure of movies like Cowboys & Aliens and Battleship. Melton also spoke a bit about the structure of their adaptation:

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.

Sounds good to me. I've played the game a few times here and there, and there's a ton of potential for a massive world with amazing action setpieces, so I'm hoping that these guys can pull it off. Working with Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim has to help, considering that film also has to operate on a huge scale. There's no release date available for the movie yet, but there's one question I have left: who will play Kratos in the film? God of War game creator David Gaffe once said Djimon Honsou (Gladiator, The Island, Blood Diamond) was his choice, but I'm guessing the studio would like to get a bigger name, maybe like Tom Hardy, perhaps? He's built enough and has the dramatic chops to pull off just about anything. Thoughts?

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Give Idris Elba the part!

Krupz on Aug 31, 2012


I second this.

JayC on Aug 31, 2012


I would like to see Peter Mensah play Kratos. He looks the part and is a very good actor.

DAVIDPD on Aug 31, 2012


hell yea.. Oenomaus ...

Supa Dupa on Sep 2, 2012


Hell yeah, you know!

DAVIDPD on Sep 4, 2012


Djimon Honsou would be my first choice. I can't think of anyone else off the top of my head who could bring that much intensity to the look, performance and even the voice.

Reznik on Aug 31, 2012


Michael Jai White. DONE. Has the physicality to do the role, the intensity and has already played a man that has had his life ripped away from him. Spawn.

Derrick Shanks on Aug 31, 2012


But Black Dynamite done told you not to interrupt Black Dynamite during his Kung Fu!

Stavi on Sep 2, 2012


Hardy is too short to play this role. Honsou would be a great Kratos.

truong18 on Aug 31, 2012


Im with Derrick on this one..Michael Jai White. Or maybe Hugh Jackman... Whoever it is. They will be basically naked the whole movie. They must be shredded. Like Michael Jai White.

timnimbus on Aug 31, 2012


Jack Black as Kratos. Ben Stiller as Zeus. Pam Greer as Gaia. just kidding, that would be awful for any movie. I'd like to see this movie only if it were cast properly and directed by someone with skill... good luck to that!

syntaxterror on Aug 31, 2012


I actually like the Pam Grier idea.

grimjob on Aug 31, 2012


cut Ben Stiller and replace him with Nicolas Cage on acid.

Dan Hibiki on Sep 4, 2012


Nowadays I sigh whenever Cage comes up, but the "on acid" aspect could bring him back to his former glory. Yes, I like it.

grimjob on Sep 4, 2012


Are they going to CGI the character if it is a black (african or african american) actor? Prior to when he becomes the Ghost of Sparta he is a typical greek, caucasian person. Only after the transformation he can be covered in the ashes and it wouldn't make a difference. I think Honsou and Jai White do actually have the builds and looks for the role, not to mention the voices. But you know how hollywood is when it comes to casting. I wouldn't mind either of them, but before the fans of "it has to be EXACTLY like the source material or else it is the suxors!" start railing the movie, they have to do casting well. People will be up in arms over everything.

Roc on Aug 31, 2012


Do we really need this movie? I do like tbe Elba idea though.

Xerxexx on Sep 1, 2012


Nathan Jones

Abs on Sep 11, 2012


Terry Crews (Old Spice Commercial, Expendables)

themorn2112 on Mar 6, 2013


Ok how yall feel about this. Since Kratos is a black spartan(kratos voice by T.C Carson whos black) they should give the part to Micheal Jai White. Hes built like Kratos, he resembles Kratos. Sorry but putting a white man as Kratos, the Ghost of Sparta, will make the movie not worth watching. Thats just my opinion.

MrNY555 on Mar 31, 2013

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