God of War writer on challenge of bringing Kratos to the big-screen

Marianne Krawczyk says "dissonance" between game Kratos and movie Kratos would be jarring for viewers already familiar with the action franchise.

A gamer-approved God of War movie would be a challenge to pull off because players already have expectations for how Kratos should act and sound, according to series writer Marianne Krawczyk.

Speaking today during a PAX Prime panel, Krawczyk recalled that when she was younger she very much enjoyed the Garfield comic strip and was looking forward to the TV show. However, when the show debuted, she heard his voice and it "completely threw" her. She never watched the show again.

Krawczyk said a God of War movie could suffer, at least for fans of the series, for the same reason.

"And I think, if [Kratos] ever makes it to the big-screen, there will be that similar dissonance," she said. "The player has a personal experience with him, and then he's going to be embodied by a different actor, he's going to have a different voice, he's going to say a lot more words."

"So I think it will be hard to get that across," she added. "But I hope they will someday. We don't know."

Universal Studios is currently producing a God of War movie with a pair of Saw writers, not Krawczyk.. According to the latest version of its draft, the big-screen take on the series will improve on films like Clash of the Titans and Immortals by taking a step "in a more bold direction."

The current status of the God of War movie is unknown.

Krawczyk also offered a critique of the recent Disney-produced Prince of Persia movie, 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. She said had the film not been rooted in source material people were already familiar with, it would have stood a better chance to be more commercially successful.

"I think if it was just a movie called Prince of Persia starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and it didn't have source material, it probably would have been fine. I saw it [and] it didn't suck," Krawczyk said. "But I think it was received poorly because the player already had a relationship with who they thought the character was and it was actually a different story than the Sands of Time game. And the Sands of Time game had a better story. I had that to compare it to. But if I didn't, I'd say it's a fine popcorn movie."

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162 comments
TheLegacyOfUs
TheLegacyOfUs

I always see a lot of this when talking about Kratos...

The fanboys who like him because he is "a ******* bad*** who doesn't care" and the people who dislike him because he's "just an angry *****" Both these people have something in common: Ignorance. Both parties lack the ability to see pass the anger and look into the broken, tormented man that lays underneath. A man who has been at the lowest points of his life, A man haunted by nightmares his past.

The first God of War revolved around his despair much better than the others in the trilogy, I did feel the path taken in God of War 2 was disappointing considering it threw out much of the realizations he made in the first. UNTIL Ghost of Sparta was created and helped justify his anger towards the Gods. Now remember Kratos' tattoo isn't a fashion statement, it is a tribute to the younger brother he failed to protect. A younger brother that ultimately died because of the Gods.

Kratos is actually pretty deep when you put together the games and take the time to look into the character. The movie could be a great success if they choose to focus more on his torment than the anger. Have the 'trademark' violence that God of War is known for but also explore the side of this antihero that people tend to overlook.

eyerok
eyerok

first off, I think there should be a lot of sex in GoW movie. In fact, I think they should just go ahead and turn it into a full blown Softcore....aahhh that would be so awesome!


anyways, why is she pretending that Kratos is a deep character? why do the fans pretend that for that matter. The games were poorly written, with the exception of the first one. And the PoP movie sucked because everything about it was wrong, from the british accents to the half-assed dialogues. I would have disliked it even if I had not played the game or known about it.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

He is right fanboys will just trash this movie. CG might work God Of War will be nothing if aint T.C carson voice

Hurvl
Hurvl

There have been more violent movies, so that's not a problem, but if they want it to be successful and embraced by more than just gamers and violent macho-man movie fans, it would be hard to create a movie without also creating a dissonance. Also, not all games needs to be movies, different mediums have different strengths.

I didn't think Prince of Persia sucked, but it wasn't a terrific fantasy movie and it had a cop-out ending. I wouldn't have thought differently about it if I didn't know anything about Prince of Persia or if it didn't have that game as a source material.

vetrenjaca
vetrenjaca

im waiting for movie since 2005 :) man its gonna be EPPICCC!!!

demolition
demolition

The absolute best actor for the role would be Peter Mensah.....would be EPIC

somebody337
somebody337

I'm probably going to get flamed for this but as an actual character Kratos is one boring mother......

Nosnitsttam
Nosnitsttam

the challenge??? he's mad and kills everything. that's not much of a challenge if you ask me. the only real challenge would be to actually make him a compelling character, 

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

Quote:

"And I think, if [Kratos] ever makes it to the big-screen, there will be that similar dissonance," she said. "The player has a personal experience with him, and then he's going to be embodied by a different actor, he's going to have a different voice, he's going to say a lot more words." 

Then don't have him say a lot of words.  Have him be done in the CG-style that was used in Avatar and Beowulf films.  The problem isn't Kratos or the GoW franchise itself, the problem is that you get writers/directors that aren't familiar with the source material and want to put their own "creative spin" on things... and end up ruining it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I bet they will make this a PG-13 film.

Garudyne989
Garudyne989

All Kratos ever really does is kill things and yell at the gods.

Not exactly movie material.

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

My nominations are for Dwayne Johnson and Michael Jai White, I think Jason Momoa needs to learn how to act a little better to get a leading role.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

The movie Industry should do everybody a favor and never allow a video game to become a movie.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Kratos is nothing more than a murderous man-child.  He's a terrible character no matter how you look at him.  This movie should not and will not be made.

Iranazi
Iranazi

Am I the only one that thinks Vin Diesel could potentially make a good Kratos?

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

Ken Shamrock as Kratos .. Do it !

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PS4Lives

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sammoth
sammoth

This was already done it's called "Clash Of The Titans".

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

i think jason momoa would make an excellent kratos, i wonder if he's willing to shave his head?

Riddick123
Riddick123

I have to agree, I didn't play the PoP series so I wasn't disappointed.  I can see fans of the game not liking it at the same time.

sknight175216
sknight175216

Adapted movies usually suck because the whole idea was to capitalize off of brand name as opposed to wanting to be creative and make a film. In a perfect world people would make games and films because they enjoyed doing so and not just to make some money for the company that owns them.

cerberus1058
cerberus1058

Definitely not a good idea. Kratos is entirely too one dimensional and plain uninteresting. His story is fun to play through but he's really just a big raging cry baby. Sort of like the prepubescents with no responsibilities playing CoD all day.

meatz666
meatz666

Game based movies will always sucks.

Cause in the game you can play and control the bastard.

You sometimes get to choose where and how the story should go.

It's different than adapting comics or tv shows.

topeira
topeira

i think a GOW movie is not a good idea. Kratos is a crappy character (shallow and unlikeable, if turned into a full fledged person) but other games could be such awesome popcorn movies. infamous or Prototype could be so much fun to watch. where are those? (not gonna happen since these games are not that familiar)

Hiddai
Hiddai

GoW movie will be awesome!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@somebody337 Yeah, he's angry and muscular, which reeaallyy sets him apart from other action movie dudes :P.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@nurnberg Kratos might be powerful enough to kill gods, but he's nothing compared to the awesome might of the PG-13 rating! Woe to the movies that get a more mature rating!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Garudyne989 I've seen entertaining movies that have less plot and character depth, but it's not easy to make such a bad premise into a good or so-bad-it's-good action movie.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

@Iranazi Vin has only one emotion. For Kratos that might be a good thing.

robertthomasp
robertthomasp

@Iranazi I think he has the voice for him to he would be perfect I think the rock could work as well just not the better voice like vin

ZOD777
ZOD777

You have to copy and paste the links, or at least I have to.  For some reason links that I post in the comment section just open the article in a new window, and not the link.

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

@MAXAM999 to short, to old, cant act. i want dimension too the character this time, they try with ascension but fail.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@sammoth which totally sucks that idiotic sam Nothworthington  "hey darn it lets go for that biatch medusa dawg" gee that movie sucked as mtv awards of this year, dont think it does counts as a worthy greek mythology movie, here it can make a difference  hopefully this is not associated with anything lame as Disney which happened with prince of Persia ¬¬ 

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@Riddick123 u are too lucky i only played Warrior within one of the best games ever in actually all terms and movie sucked i have my feelings for it but naa doesnt live up to anything of the game really and a shame why the hell Disney had to be involved does it have something to do with Ubisoft?? by any chance?

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

@meatz666 did you see the first silent hill movie? i thought it was ture too the game.

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

CG Movie cool , but Real life movie !! .. Who is the actor of Kratos then ?

ben affleck ?

nikolakrstic987
nikolakrstic987

@robertthomasp @Iranazi Totally agree with both explanations.

Vin has a voice that is more/less similar to the Kratos we know. He also has the build to take the role.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@excludedkratos to be fair i quite liked it one of the few maybe the only game adapted to movie that used the real in game songs which was way too awesome  though the second one they kinda messed up a  bit the girl was ok but ah stupid romance between heather and THE BAAASTARD XD anyway not bad for a sunday movie ofc

Hiddai
Hiddai

@MAXAM999 I don't know lol it's not our problem to look for one

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@Hurvl @excludedkratos u should give a it a shot the 1st one the 2nd one well  it isnt the best but u got Lakeside amusement park, robbie the rabbit, Pyramid head and heather!!!  at least XD

Hurvl
Hurvl

@excludedkratos I haven't seen any Silent Hill movies, but I really liked the Mortal Kombat movie. Then again, I liked the Dungeon Siege movie by Uwe Boll. Didn't like his Bloodrayne movie as much, though.

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

 @Aentikraist @excludedkratos agree, the second one went all mortal kombat at the end.

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

@ElDuderino1 NOPE , I'd rather pick Ken Shamrock because he is perfectly fit Kratos with his anger !

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

Ken Shamrock As Kratos .. PERFECT !