The development of a God of War film has been in the works for almost fifteen years and we hope that it finally gets made. A film project has started development in 2005 with a script from screenwriter David Self (Road To Perdition, The Wolf Man) and then in 2012 TheHollywoodReporter announced that Pacific Rime screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton would tackle a new incarnation for Universal Pictures.
ScreenRant spoke with Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who spoke about the project.
Dunstan: “It’s badass. It’s been so fun. Working with that team, they have been just so supportive. They want to get this movie to the screen, so we have been doing our part and we’re very much in the trenches right now delivering page after page after page to make that a reality.”
Dunstan: “We were given a teaser the first day we showed up on set. One set, which is as big as a football stadium, had a robot foot. Then Mr. Del Toro showed us 10 seconds of a fight between the entities of the future and the creatures of his imagination and it’s like, “Okay, the summer is now owned.'”
That wasn’t the only Pacific Rim connection to a God of War movie as we heard more interesting updates in 2018.
Last year, director Steven DeKnight (Jupiter’s Legacy, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Daredevil) revealed to ComicBook he had spoken to Sony about making an R-rated movie and mentioned he’d like to see Dave Bautista (Dune, Guardians of The Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, Spectre) in the role of tragic hero Kratos.
“I would love to tackle God of War movie or I would love to see somebody put that up on the big screen. Somebody asked me, ‘Well, who would you have to have Kratos?’ And immediately for me: Dave Batista would be the man. I think he can do anything. You can do drama, real emotion, humor, action. What would I like to see from a movie like that? A bit of a tricky question because there hasn’t really been 100% success of translating a video game to a movie. It’s a very, very tricky process.”
“I had some early conversations with the good people at Sony PlayStation about it and my biggest thing is, look, you gotta approach it like a book. Approach it like adapting Jaws. For people who’ve read Jaws, the movie is very different but they’re both fantastic. So you have to be able to take the source material and make it work as a movie. And I think that’s part of the reason oftentimes video game movies don’t work is because you can’t translate the video game experience into a movie. You gotta take the characters and the situations and the emotions and make it work for a movie. Which means a lot of times you’ve got to change things, which is very dicey obviously because you don’t want to alienate video game fans, but you have to make a film that works within the context of a movie by itself. Very difficult.”
Sadly, outside of this brief update, there isn’t any official word of what is currently going on with the movie.
There is also an actor that has suggested they’d be down to play Kratos. In 2012, Jason Momoa was asked during a panel at Film&ComicCon if he’d want to play him and answered with a: “Hell, yeah”.
I think after his billion dollar success with Aquaman he might be a little difficult to sign up for another franchise role, then again, he also took the role of Duncan Idaho in Legendary’s Dune which could possibly mean he has options to return for sequels. It’s kind of interesting that both Jason and Dave will be co-stars in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.
Arguably, the new game focusing on Kratos’ exploration of Norse mythology feels more coherent and cinematic than anything else the previous games have done. It should be noted that Hollywood has done Greek mythology to death and while we’ve seen some of Norse stuff slightly explored a lot of has been watered-down or re-packaged for a young audience. It’s also worth noting while Marvel Studios has Thor as one of their major franchises, they barely scratched the actual surface of real Norse mythology and left a lot on the table for future games and potential live-action projects.
Also, keeping the material more mature and aiming for an R-rating could suggest the studio might be a little fearful of spending big dollars on the film. However, we’ve seen many R-rated movies make a good amount of money and Sony has made a pretty penny from the Resident Evil movies (hopefully God of War would a more quality project).
Sony is also developing a slew of live-action films based on video games with Sonic The Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, The Last of Us, Watch Dogs and others. It’s possible that there is only so much money to go around for their video game movies. Considering the game’s massive popularity it’s curious why Sony hasn’t announced any substantial developments while in post-production on things like Sonic The Hedgehog and Monster Hunter.
We’ll certainly keep our fingers crossed it’ll eventually land a feature film adaptation soon.