A lot of video game fans have been waiting to find out if [God of War](movie:449823) will actually be given the big-screen treatment that it deserves. The project itself has been on again-off again for the last six years, and the creators of the popular franchise have really wanted to move forward, but it has been an extremely slow process.
So far, there have been screenwriters that have been brought in since the beginning, but Sony and their compatriots have also brought in some new blood to give the story 'more meat' as the saying goes. Right now, the screen is being rfevised to make this happen, being given to the hands of screenwriters Marcus Dunston and Patrick Melton. The original script had been penned by David Self (whose credits in writing have included the Academy-Award nominated film, Road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks, The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, the JFK and Cuban Missle Crisis film, Thirteen Days, starring Bruce Greenwood and Kevin Costner, and his first credited work, 199's reboot of the classic horror film, The Haunting, starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson). Dunston and Melton's credits are not quite as illustrious, as both were writers on the popular Saw series of films as well as the lesser-known horror franchise, The Collector and Pirahna DD.
The two have been interviewed about the change as well as what they were looking for and why they had wanted to make the 'necessary changes' to Kratos' base story for a larger film audience.
This was what they had said to Screen Rant back in February:
“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.”
In another interview on Rallis Reviews, they further went on to explain these changes to IGN when they saw what they had to work with considering the beginnings of Kratos and his quest for revenge:
“The only problem with that is it was written before Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300 and Immortals, and those movies borrowed quite a bit from the God of War stories. It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.”
There still has been no news as of yet about who will play Kratos other than rumors. There have been the fan picks, of course, with some of them being what the typical popular celebs would be such as:
This is just a few that many fans would like to see play the role as it stands. This link actually has someone who thought the matter out quite well, and I though that I would share this seeing as the person went to all the trouble to do his research for this:
But, there's still a real shocker that has come out, and this came directly from the Playstation website itself:
Supposedly, there has been the advance script that Self had written before Dunston and Merton were given the reigns that has been leaked. As this is only rumor (so take it as such), it turns out that the ending has been COMPLETELY CHANGED! (Not unusual for Hollywood.) But, there has also been more rumors that Sony wants this man to play the God of War:
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. Djimon's last big pic was in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and that had been a bit role, at best.
For those of you who are not familiar with him, Djimon gained his first critical acclaim as the slave, Cinque, in the Acadamy Award-nominated film Amistad. But his pedigree goes even further than that, starring in both large films and small. His larger credits include Stargate, Deep Rising, Gladiator, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Constantine, The Island, Eragon, and the list goes on. As it was, when I first found out this information, I was a little skeptical about him playing the muscular Spartan warrior with flaming blades, but casting has a way of being looked upon with a sense of disgust and disdain, and the last thing that you want to do is upset the fans of your franchise. Casting is one of this things that can be a killshot for any movie that desperately wants to succeed.
As it is, whenever this project gets underway and they can finally decide something, I will definitely be looking forward to the film. Being a God of War fan myself, my only hope is that the new screenwriters will give Kratos the kid gloves andtry to keep as much of the core story intact as possible. There still has been no distinction made as to whether the new screenwriters are going to do a more dramatic piece with it with all of the pageantry and epicness of films such as 300 and Immortals or if they plan on it being more of an action picture in the style of a current action hit (ahem.... ala 'Hercules'?)
Whatever the two decide, they are going to have to do a lot of discussion as to how they are going to work with this newly revised script. I can already predict that there is already going to be a lot of outcry from God of War fans that they even changed anything as the story was so epic as it was anyway. I hope that they will take into consideration the massive special effects that are going to be needed in order to send this franchise through the roof!
Until we can actually see the finished product, I found this little gem that will hopefully sate your appetite and get your Kratos fix until the movie can be released. Until next time, Movie Piloters!