Out of all of the video game adaptations currently in development at the major studios, Universal's God of War is perhaps the most anticipated. The prospect of seeing Kratos unleash his fury on an army of mythological gods and monsters is perfect material for a blockbuster summer film, and, thankfully, it seems like the project is actually going to see the light of day in the very near future. In an interview with IGN, the writers of the movie’s script, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, revealed some bits about the film’s plot and talked about their take on Kratos.
"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,” Dunstan said about the process of humanizing Kratos for audiences.
"In the game... there's that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that's going to be our first act break,” explained Melton. “Before then, he's going to be mortal, and he's going to have his family. We're going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it's potentially 30 minutes -- give or take -- of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he's going to take. We're emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie."
The duo also revealed that Ares will be the main villain in the film. "In the game, you know, he's immortal, and he doesn't really do much besides raid Athens," said Melton. "So we're trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain."
The script for God of War is still being written and the movie doesn’t yet have a director, but we would expect this project to become a priority for Universal as the game series continues to sell copies by the millions.