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Two writers from the Saw series and Pacific Rim turn their attention to God of War

Jul. 11, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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After receiving a initial draft by David Self (ROAD TO PERDITION) and languishing in development Hades for a while screenwriting duo Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (SAW IV, V, VI, and 3D) have been tapped to do a new draft of the script for Sony's Playstation exclusive GOD OF WAR, a game which deals with a hardened Spartan warrior (Kratos is his name) who must quest to find Pandora's box (which is carried in a temple on the back of the Titan Kronos) so that he might visit vengeance on Ares (the God of War) for causing Kratos to inadvertently kill his wife and daughter.  Oh, and Kratos wields blades attached to chains that have been burned into his arms. 

So while only in the drafting stage still, this nonetheless means that a GOD OF WAR movie is actually inching slowly towards reality. Which is kind of wild to imagine, though I've also been hearing about this project for years upon years now, so there's that too. 

God of War Minotaur battle concept art

Now, when we reported several months ago on the duo having just returned from Toronto after doing a rewrite of PACIFIC RIM, some of you expressed concern that writers of the SAW franchise hadn't thus far demonstrated the qualifications for this kind of character-infused, big-budget action-adventure gig. 

But herein lies the magic and mystery of Hollywood, as the pair wrote a spec called MONSTROPOLIS which we couldn't possibly have known about that caught the eye of Del Toro and Legendary.  So some talented people have faith that these guys can craft character as a part of visceral action, and I'm willing to trust that.  Or maybe David Self's character stuff will get left untouched and they're just punching up the action/violence, which is cool too.  Either way - once again, this means GOD OF WAR is a tiny bit closer to actually happening.   Are you glad for that, or would you prefer to avoid the headache over whether even basic qualities of the game series will be honored? And is there a director out there who you'd love to see take on this material?

Screewriters Melton and Dunstan

The screewnwriters in question.  I also think it was a supremely missed opportunity to not put that smile in a SAW movie. 

Extra Tidbit: Any interest in picking up GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION? I'm up in the air still, as I've never been all that interested in multiplayer and there seems to be a heavy focus on that sort of gameplay.

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1:38PM on 07/12/2012
A God of War movie has potential to be awesome. That said, they should cast the dude who played Spawn in the movie ( i think he is the voice for Kratos in the game).
Extra Tidbit: God of War Ascension is a whole new single player game. This one just so happens to offer a multiplayer mode. So yeah, i'm definitely picking it up.
A God of War movie has potential to be awesome. That said, they should cast the dude who played Spawn in the movie ( i think he is the voice for Kratos in the game).
Extra Tidbit: God of War Ascension is a whole new single player game. This one just so happens to offer a multiplayer mode. So yeah, i'm definitely picking it up.
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12:25PM on 07/12/2012

Really?

Zach Snyder needs to helm this and Gerard Butler needs to play Kratos! He has the voice, acting, and build to be perfect for the role! If you don't think so, watch 300 again and imagine him as Kratos! Also, this film needs to be AT LEAST three hours long and the characters and special effects need to look EXACTLY like they do in the game. No one wants to see anyone elses rendition of the characters, especially Hades! DON'T FUCK THIS MOVIE UP!!! I've been waiting for years to see this! Get with
Zach Snyder needs to helm this and Gerard Butler needs to play Kratos! He has the voice, acting, and build to be perfect for the role! If you don't think so, watch 300 again and imagine him as Kratos! Also, this film needs to be AT LEAST three hours long and the characters and special effects need to look EXACTLY like they do in the game. No one wants to see anyone elses rendition of the characters, especially Hades! DON'T FUCK THIS MOVIE UP!!! I've been waiting for years to see this! Get with the game developers, artist, and get them involved in the direction of the film before someone ruins this forever!
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10:41PM on 07/11/2012
Cant really picture a (An actually good) film being made that wouldnt break the shit out of the bank. ill réserve any expectations till we hear more... GOW III is one of the greatest games ever made. Ascension has alot to live up to....
Cant really picture a (An actually good) film being made that wouldnt break the shit out of the bank. ill réserve any expectations till we hear more... GOW III is one of the greatest games ever made. Ascension has alot to live up to....
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9:15PM on 07/11/2012
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
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5:10PM on 07/11/2012
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
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5:07PM on 07/11/2012
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
I can see Tom Hardy as The General Kratos. He has the muscles and the acting skills, since Kratos is not just a killing machine but also a person who has motives for what he does. It depends of the director, cause GOD has a great story but also a lot of gore and blood so probably Matthew Vaugh or even Zack Snyder will make a great movie.
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3:59PM on 07/11/2012

As cool as this is...

Fuck this. Where is my goddamn sequel for The Collector?
Fuck this. Where is my goddamn sequel for The Collector?
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1:07PM on 07/11/2012
this is one of my favourite game series, so I am very much on the fence with this because it could go either way. If this doesn't work, I'll be okay with it because God of War 3 literally felt like a movie, I could just play that again.
In regards to the Tidbit, yes! I am very excited, though I am not looking forward to the multiplayer because I am not quite sure where they are going with it.
this is one of my favourite game series, so I am very much on the fence with this because it could go either way. If this doesn't work, I'll be okay with it because God of War 3 literally felt like a movie, I could just play that again.
In regards to the Tidbit, yes! I am very excited, though I am not looking forward to the multiplayer because I am not quite sure where they are going with it.
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11:46AM on 07/11/2012

No! Noo!! Noooooooo!!!

No f**king way! I don't care who writes it or who want to direct it, this game should never be brought onto the big screen UNLESS it's Rated R, is an epic LOTR-scale trilogy, with each installment clocking in at about 3hours ++. Anything less than that would not only deliver a lackluster movie, but also a movie that pales in comparison to the grand scale that the titles in this videogame series have to offer. There is no way they can capture the essence of the games by being half-assed and
No f**king way! I don't care who writes it or who want to direct it, this game should never be brought onto the big screen UNLESS it's Rated R, is an epic LOTR-scale trilogy, with each installment clocking in at about 3hours ++. Anything less than that would not only deliver a lackluster movie, but also a movie that pales in comparison to the grand scale that the titles in this videogame series have to offer. There is no way they can capture the essence of the games by being half-assed and ordinary. This isn't your Spartacus-style story with brainless bloodshed and lots of boobs and butts bouncing around for no apparent reason. This isn't even your Immortals or 300. God Of War is grand, like Uncharted grand, on a whole different level. Making God Of War needs tact, talent, and extraordinary writing and directing skills. I hope this movie never gets made, because as much as a guy can dream, I know there's a 99% chance Hollywood will f**k this up and tarnish the game's integrity at the same time.
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10:37AM on 07/11/2012
I think they are going the wrong way with the saw guys. The better option is to put this in the hands of a japanese director and fight coordinator. With the craziness that was god of war you would need a director with equally crazy ideas for action as well as crazy stunt coordinators that know how to make those stunts possible. Im sure it could be made seriously bad ass but it has to be in the right hands and sadly those two look like they are not quite the right stuff for this movie.
I think they are going the wrong way with the saw guys. The better option is to put this in the hands of a japanese director and fight coordinator. With the craziness that was god of war you would need a director with equally crazy ideas for action as well as crazy stunt coordinators that know how to make those stunts possible. Im sure it could be made seriously bad ass but it has to be in the right hands and sadly those two look like they are not quite the right stuff for this movie.
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10:21AM on 07/11/2012
Is it just me or the news of Michael Fassbender being involved with "Assassin's Creed" recently got everyone everyone else jumping into the bandwagon, with Deus Ex and now this? Not like there's a chance these movies will ever escape from development hell, since no one in Hollywood is willing to pony up the cash or effort to properly adapt them.
Is it just me or the news of Michael Fassbender being involved with "Assassin's Creed" recently got everyone everyone else jumping into the bandwagon, with Deus Ex and now this? Not like there's a chance these movies will ever escape from development hell, since no one in Hollywood is willing to pony up the cash or effort to properly adapt them.
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9:00AM on 07/11/2012
I'm convinced Jason Momoa is the ONLY actor that could play Kratos.
I'm convinced Jason Momoa is the ONLY actor that could play Kratos.
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9:17AM on 07/11/2012
I'm... not convinced about that at all, actually - I find his energy and body type all wrong for the part. Djimon Hounsou was floated as fan casting once upon a time, something I wholeheartedly agree with (though he may be edging on "too old" by the time this starts production). Maybe we could get Idris Elba instead?
I'm... not convinced about that at all, actually - I find his energy and body type all wrong for the part. Djimon Hounsou was floated as fan casting once upon a time, something I wholeheartedly agree with (though he may be edging on "too old" by the time this starts production). Maybe we could get Idris Elba instead?
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8:45AM on 07/11/2012
I'm liking this sudden surge of video game movies, hopefully at least one of them will be half decent.
I'm liking this sudden surge of video game movies, hopefully at least one of them will be half decent.
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