It seems Project Greenlight has led writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan straight into a real-life runaway success story of their own; first they wrote Feast, which led them onto Saw IV through VII, and most recently, a draft of Guillermo Del Toro’s epic Pacific Rim. Now they’re taking on video game adaptation, God of War, based on the popular Sony video game.
The news broke recently that the new writers will be taking on the project, from a first draft of the script by David Self (Road to Perdition, The Wolfman) – who will executive produce for Universal. It’s the first news we’ve heard on the project for some time.
For those of you who don’t follow gaming, God of War is a third-person action game series first released in 2005. Since then, it’s been pretty successful, spawning two sequels for PlayStation, a mobile game and two portables. A third console sequel is scheduled for release next year. In the game you play Kratos, a god-like character who seeks revenge against some of the most famous characters in Greek mythology. It’s kind of a more supernatural Immortals or 300 type of thing.
Rumors have been going around for almost five years about the movie adaptation, including the idea that Brett Ratner would direct. As it stands, this project is fair game for anyone to take the helm, and that will mostly depend on the script – no pressure to Melton and Dunstan, of course.
Video game adaptations can always be a bit hit or miss, with movies such as BloodRayne, Super Mario Bros, Tekken and the Resident Evil franchise… yeah, some of these offerings haven’t been so good, and fans are sometimes left with the impression that the filmmakers just haven’t exactly understood the games properly. There has been the odd success, such as Silent Hill and Hitman (Timothy Olyphant made that film), and with Michael Fassbender having just signed on to star in and produce Assassin’s Creed, there’s some high hopes for the future. We’re just waiting on the Skyrim movie next…
Saying that, God of War might be a tricky one to adapt, as the game is full of epic, sweeping action, which plays a huge role in the atmosphere of the game, and it’ll be interesting to see how these guys develop the script.
Do you think a God of War movie is a good idea? Are Melton and Dunstan the right choice to write it?