'God of War' Movie Will Be Like 'Clash of the Titans' Without Being Like It

Posted 11:23 AM August 31st, 2012 by Binh Ngo
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The first God of War video game was released back in 2005 on the Playstation 2 console, and the movie option was obtained by Universal shortly back then, but the movie only got as far as a script written by David Self.

Perhaps after seeing the kind of success Warner Bros' 2010 Clash of the Titans and its 2012 sequel, Wrath of the Titans, are having, Universal realizes it has something similar, especially to the 2012 sequel, in God of War, that's gathering dust on one of its shelves.

So in July, Universal hired the SAW writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dustan to re-write Self's script.

Speaking to IGN, the pair admits Self's script is actually pretty good, but is outdated with the release of several fantasy action-adventure movies since then with similar themes.

“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 It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.”

So how will they differentiate God of War from those?

“In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan's rendition,” Dustan explained.

“We're going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So ... 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,” Melton added.

So, in other words, they're going to take 30 minutes to explain how the main character, Kratos, becomes this vengeful person before devolving into an effects-filled man-against-cgi-creatures extravaganza. Got it.

From the interview, Ares, the God of War, is going to the be main bad guy here.

“[W]e're trying to build up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain,” Melton said.

According to the pair, the budget for the movie is going to be around $150 million.

In the video game, Kratos is a Spartan warrior who is indebted to Ares after the God helped him out of a tight spot. After Ares tricked Kratos in killing his own wife and child, the warrior vows vengeance against the God.

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