First Assassin’s Creed, then Deus Ex, and now… God of War. Jeeze, I guess news surrounding adaptations of popular video games comes in threes. If this is anything like celebrity deaths, the news can’t be good. Hmph!
God of War is a third-person action game series first released in 2005. Since then, it has spawned two sequels on PlayStation, a mobile game and two portables. A third console sequel is scheduled for release next year. In the game you’re Kratos, a pasty skinned, musclebound, warrior who’s hell bent on revenge. Your sole purpose, as a player, is to smash buttons and kick mythological ass. It’s fun stuff! Anyhow, with Kratos being such a fan-revered butt-kicker, and considering the franchise’s success, it was just a matter of time before Hollywood took interest.
Actually, Hollywood took interest about 5 or so years ago. An early script was drafted by David Self and Brett Ratner was rumored to direct. Obviously, nothing came of it. And thank God (no pun intended). The less the world is exposed the Brett Ratner the better.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Pacific Rim And Saw Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just been pegged to revive the live-action adaptation of God of War from Sony Computer Entertainment.
I’d make a crack about how the scribes of Saw IV through VII are bound to fuck this up, but their work with Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim has now set them on the action tentpole path. It’s entirely plausible that they can make a good movie out of God of War. Then again, there has never been a well-made film of a video-game adaptation. It’s a cursed genre.
On the other hand, I think it’s a bit odd that 3 video game adaptions have been announced. Maybe Hollywood is realizing the comic book genre well is running dry and it’s time to focus attention on making quality movies based on video games. Or, is that just wishful thinking?