God of War movie a step in 'bold' new direction - Report

God of War film writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan say that the project will be different from films like Clash of the Titans and Immortals.

The upcoming God of War movie from Universal Studios will aim to differentiate itself from other films with similar themes.

Kratos' big-screen debut is being written by the minds behind the latest Saw movies.

According to the film's writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (who previously wrote Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D), the big screen adaptation of Sony's popular gaming franchise will improve on films like Clash of the Titans and Immortals by taking a step in a bolder direction.

"Those movies can inform the God of War to step in a more bold direction," Dunstan told ShockTillYouDrop.com.

"Not to join those ranks, but to stand head and shoulders apart like other reinventions have done within that genre. The satisfying element is to look at those movies as a commentary on the genre, and now say something different."

Melton also revealed that Sony encouraged the duo to make the movie different from what's already out there in the same genre.

Charles Roven and Alex Garnter, producers of the forthcoming film based on Naughty Dog's Uncharted action franchise, are producing the God of War movie via Atlas Entertainment.

No mention was made of a director or actors for the film, and a release date has not been nailed down.

God of War: Ascension is due out in March 2013. It is a prequel to the original trilogy, and the first entry in the series to sport a multiplayer component. For more on the project, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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kratos9408
kratos9408

I could see Jason Momoa as Kratos.  Now if fans want the video game voice. they can do two things. either have a voice over with Terrence TC Carson who is kratos voice in the game or mess with his voice a lil on the computer.  They did voice overs plenty of times.  I think director wise the saw writers are wrong.  Frank miller who did 300, Sin city, and upcoming movie the wolverine.  He would fit good. I would say the writers from the game but writing a game and movie is two different things.  I didnt like the writing in clash of the titans but the actions and good use of the gods were good. 

carlusofwar
carlusofwar

Well, with the superbowl commercial they have shown us that they can bring Kratos to life. and like so many others, i also waited for movie(s) based on GOW games. But as the years goes by and more games come out, how will the movie really be like. We already know the Kratos story and that we do not know we will find out in Ascension


And remember just because writers suck, does NOT mean they will suck very time. Still i wonder, why arent they hiring the people behind the script of the GOW games to write the movie(s)?  If anyone can write Kratos script, it is them.

I am not sure what went wrong with Clash&Wrath of the titans or Immortals. I have to say that "titans" are better then the immortals.  and i guess it has to be the storyline. I first saw a teaser of immortals - i went WOW, this is how GOW should be like and after i seen the film i realzied ONCE again that the makers of the trailer are better at their job then the once behind the acctual film. if they are the same person(s) then those sure are better at making trailers then movies.  Immortals was a huge fail, it could have been epic. 

Well i say that take the best parts from "titans", immortals, 300 and even sparatcus (tv). and really go out on a limb to make the movie(s) as close to the games as possible; as it would be if it had been made in animation. Meaning, they should not ONLY hire the writers, but they should hire the director and who ever else is needed to from the game studio(s). if they can make awesome games, they sure will be able to pull off the same caliber movie(s), with the right help and budget.




TTB1
TTB1

Why did Universal employ shit writers for this??

RoTross
RoTross

I have been hoping for a God of War Movie ever since the first game came out, there's a lot of potential in the GOW concept to make one hell of a movie (or movies), but seeing who the writers will be I think I will pass. I mean come on, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan??? What were you thinking giving a master project into the hands of these guys! I think I'm gonna cry. No offense but you guys have a tendency to turn diamant into stinky poop!

If you want to turn this into a serious movie I would suggest people like Christopher Nolan and/or Zack Snyder.

Hurvl
Hurvl

God of War could be a great action movie. The franchise does actually have a story that could be transformed into something entertaining and worth watching, unlike many other action movies that aren't based on games. I was disappointed about how Clash of the Titans ended up being, but I haven't watched Immortals. Anyway, I like that they're trying to make it stand apart from other films in the genre. That kind of thinking seems to be severely lacking both in the movie and game industry, although there's no point in making something different if it's not good enough.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

funny that saw was good exactly until saw 3, then those guys came. no high hopes for this one...

Bladestop
Bladestop

Anyone else think that this movie had no chance once they hired the writers from Saw?

chriskingkong
chriskingkong

Am i the only one that thinks this is a bad idea? Game to be movie this is big mistake!!! Kratos will go ballistic...AGAIN!!!

vadagar1
vadagar1

game movies don't turn out so well just like movie games suck

NervoZa
NervoZa

Immortals was sooo bad I dont know where to start...so I just wont...and The Wrath/Clash of the Titans...way below average...very poor acting and waste of special effects in my opinion. Hopefully they wont waste this franchise.

niteryder1
niteryder1

why do we need a god of war movie when the the entire series in itself is a like a movie. Hollywood= destroys great Game franchies they have yet to make anything worth watching

Germandude2
Germandude2

They should get Nicolas Winding Refn on it so he completely ignores the script that the saw guys made and makes his own movie like he did with Drive.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

A film like this to me would need directors more like Zack Snyder (300) or Stephen Sommers (The Mummy 1 & 2, Van Helsing, G.I Joe), James Cameron (Avatar, Terminator 2) or possibly Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) or Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) or even Guillermo Del Toro (Blade 2, Hell Boy 2) ....1 of these guys perhaps or some other awesome director can make me atleast have some faith in the success of this film as the writers already don't exactly have me all hyped for the story!

jawadhasan3
jawadhasan3

So its going to be crap like the SAW IV, V, VI & 3D ?? 

 

~~I have tears in my eyes right now :'(

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I think its a good call, as we all know how  the story plays out and ends. Some changes and differentiation will make the movie worthwhile to watch. However, it is also very risky to alienate and ruin the story, so its a very delicate matter.

Panda-Pat
Panda-Pat

All the recent "Greek Mythology" films were so $T*!@#$&!ing bad

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

as long as Charlie Sheen and Uwe Bol are in it, then i'm sold.

firehawk998
firehawk998

The Bold new direction :- It will be a romantic comedy : P

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

To boldly go where no god has gone before..

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

When the writers of the Saw movies say they're taking something  in a bold new direction, expect a sub-10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

P.S. Having just finished watching the first two series of Spartacus about an hour ago: anything on parr with that gets two thumbs up from me. :-) I think they'll really have to try and avoid comparisons to 300 just because of how borderline iconic that movie is.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @Bladestop I think it is at least a good indication that it will be as gory as a God of War movie has to be- my biggest fear was that they'd dumb it down to a PG-13 (which was the biggest problem with the Titans movies as well as the biggest strength of 300 and Immortals).  I'm not saying that it will definitely be incredible as these guys aren't exactly known for writing oscar contenders, but at least they are known for writing very bloody stuff

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @Germandude2 Did he ignore the script he was given? i never heard anything about that! I will have to look it up, loved that movie!

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @Viral-venom13 Did you really site the director of The Mummy 1 & 2, Van Helsing, and G.I Joe as a good director that we need more of!? Holy crap.....

RoTross
RoTross

@onyxdragon7 Now that's a hard one! Michael Jai White, Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel do have the body to play Kratos but their acting isn't exactly of an adult level. Djimon Honsou would be a good choice but it's not logic for Spartan general to be black. Maybe a pumped up Tom Hardy would do the job? Even a Jake Gyllenhaal could be up to the task after seeing him in End of Watch. Anyway I would stay away from all the Expendables Action heroes and similar.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @jawadhasan3 While I absolutely hated Saw III and therefore never saw the rest of them- I am told that either 5 or 6 is the best in the series (I forget which exactly though, and that is a second hand opinion)

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

 @CivilizedPsycho HAH. Yeah, sure.

 

Kratos wasn't that deep of a character to begin with. No one plays God of War for story.

Germandude2
Germandude2

 @squidracerX He tore like over half the script out of the movie and rearranged/changed a bunch of scenes. He might as well have ignored it lol

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

 @squidracerX 

Lol, well hey, the man's movies might not get along too well with critics but you can't sit there and tell me that those movies all really sucked that bad right?

RoTross
RoTross

@onyxdragon7Anyway, if they are going to stick with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write the movie they could take Shia Labeouf to play Kratos for all I care. It won't be worth watching anyway.

Nolan, Snyder... save us please!

RoTross
RoTross

@Spartan_418 @CivilizedPsycho You can't be serious! I would love to see a Gears of War movie but Michael Bay?!

In my opinion, that guy should be banned from the film industry!

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @Spartan_418  

Michael Bay?  After the terrible Transformer movies?  No Thanks... 

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @squidracerX  @Germandude2 Yeah Valhalla Rising is a bit of slog- the first 15 minutes or so are awesome but then it commits hard to the "journey to hell" metaphor and puts the audience through some weird emotions. In a way it is effective, but it's kind of like Requiem for a Dream; objectively it's well made and very unique, but once you've seen it once there is really no reason to put yourself through it again. Drive on the other hand seems to get better every time I watch it.

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @Germandude2 He is the same guy that did Bronson right? I loved Bronson too! Then I bought Valhalla Rising and I was not as impressed, it had huge potential but was sooooo slow... Severed Ways was very similar but better, (still slow). And I don't mind slow movies. Heck Drive was kinda slow. I love Japanese movies and those are not "American pace". But Valhalla Rising just had pointless shots.... I was falling asleep. Especially when it started so high with good bloody fights...

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

 @squidracerX 

Hehe, oh okay i see!! I think that whoever is the director along with the writers should work closely with David Jaffe to atleast take a step in the right direction and execute this adaptation the way it should be! I'd need to see a preview clip before i'm convinced about my thoughts on what this will turn out like though!

squidracerX
squidracerX

 @Viral-venom13 haha well its opinion, so you aren't wrong if you like them (or if you hate them). Critics can be wrong too. But GI Joe left me angry that I watched it and someone got paid to write it. And the Mummy moved me from being indifferent about Brandon Fraiser and Racheal Weiss to hating both of them. Out of the group, IMO, Van Helsing was okay, but again, didn't live up to the commercials for me. I actually don't even remember it that well? BUT I am a movie snob, so I am overly critical, i admit it!

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

 @Elann2008  @Spartan_418 There is oddly a rather large group of people out there who think the Transformers movies are great. Personally I think Bay has only ever made one good movie: the Rock... and that was a long time ago.