GOD OF WAR Movie Tricky Says Video Game Writer

A writer from the God of War video game series discusses the difficulties of bringing Kratos to a movie screen. "The player has a personal experience with [Kratos], and then he’s going to be embodied by a different actor, he’s going to have a different voice, he’s going to say a lot more words."

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By Mark Julian - 9/3/2013
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At Pax Prime, GameSpot attended a panel where God of War video game series writer Marianne Krawczyk talked about a problem inherent to all video game adaptations while talking about the God of War movie. Krawcayk compared the movie to when she was a kid and loved reading the Garfield comic but when she saw the cartoon and heard his voice, it completely threw her. ”I think, if [Kratos] ever makes it to the big-screen, there will be that similar dissonance. The player has a personal experience with him, and then he’s going to be embodied by a different actor, he’s going to have a different voice, he’s going to say a lot more words,” said Krawcayk who also wrote the recent Star Trek tie-in game. She did add, “ I think it will be hard to get that across. But I hope they will someday. We don’t know.”

The last update on the God of War movie came in June 2012 where Saw screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan were revealed to be tackling the script which was described as a bloodier and bolder Clash of the Titans for Universal Pictures. The Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven is a producer on the film so perhaps he’ll bring the newly Universal-partnered Thomas Tull and his Legendary Pictures aboard the project to get the film in gear.


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ManofSteel22 - 9/3/2013, 5:29 AM
It cant be that hard can it? there making hercules for god sake just do that but with kratos,just add gods and monsters
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 9/3/2013, 5:34 AM
It really is.
ClarkFarley2012 - 9/3/2013, 5:38 AM
He has a point. Different actor, and different voice. It might throw ppl off.
BackwardGalaxy - 9/3/2013, 5:46 AM
One of the problems is that the absolute best movie they could make is probably a re-hash of what's already been done by the video games and anything other than that will piss off the fans. Good luck with that.
TopCat89 - 9/3/2013, 5:48 AM
I reckon Djimon Hounsou would nail it!

He's got the acting chops, screen presence and voice that i'd believe under the name 'Kratos'

I know he's 49, but he's in great shape....if the actor is fit, i believe the age can be ignored. Plus 'Kratos' isn't exactly a young man...he's an experienced warrior and father.

Don't bite my head off if disagree, just an opinion from a fan.
superman7 - 9/3/2013, 5:55 AM
God of War Trilogy:
1. Similar to Ascension. Start out with backstory. He kills his family and has to fight the furies in order to get to ares.

2. Kratos vs Ares. However, when he opens pandora's box, make it known that he now has the ability to kill ANY god at ANY time, to set up for the third part.

3. Stories of GOW 2 and 3. Kratos vs the gods and titans.


It really wouldn't be that hard to translate to film. At least I dont think so. Jesus, if they can make 3 movies about Riddick, I dont see why they cant make a GOW. Badass antihero demigod hell bent on revenge.

And use the first movie to show why he would be so batshit crazily hell bent on revenge. Think about dreaming of the day you killed your wife and kid, lost your army and became a slave, every single day. Then imagine having three crazy bitches tie you up and torture physically and mentally everyday only to find out it wasnt your fault.
MrNiklander - 9/3/2013, 5:56 AM
I believe a movie would be bad.The reasons why these movie game adaptations fail is because they try to cash in on the game's story which essentialy feels like a movie.Why try and duplicate art if it is allready perfect!?
superman7 - 9/3/2013, 5:57 AM
superman7 - 9/3/2013, 6:01 AM
As incredible an actor as Djimon Hounsou is, I dont want to see him as Kratos. It might just be a historical dork things, but the Spartans were supposed to be from the Dorians, a group of people from the northern parts of greece, even up into Macedonia. Which before the Turkish invasion of that land, was comprised mostly of lilly white people. He's an awesome actor, but personally it would throw me off. Besides, I want him to play Black Panther!
Moviefanatic14 - 9/3/2013, 6:10 AM
We are ok with that as long as it is a good actor that everybody sees as kratos and the actual movie itself is good, even the guy that does the motion capture isn't the voice, unless whoever they cast voice is dubbed by the actor that does kratos's voice in the games
blazingkidtes - 9/3/2013, 6:13 AM
Same shit they said about halo being a movie now look what happend they made a two direct two translations with a animated movie halo legends and the web series halo forward unto dawn now their planning a tv series so if they can do that im sure they can do god of war
Moviefanatic14 - 9/3/2013, 6:13 AM
My pick would be Jason mamoa, just watch game of thrones
TheMexicanSuperman - 9/3/2013, 6:19 AM
Nathan Jones for Kratos, and then just get Kratos voice actor to go his voice.
Dev7 - 9/3/2013, 6:20 AM
Get Bautista to play the main character. Drax and Kratos not too different.
DudeGuyMan - 9/3/2013, 6:21 AM
@superman7

I like your ideas but I'd like the trilogy to stay as close to the games as possible.

God of War 1: Kratos vs. Furies and Ares

With the help of the gods, he'd fight the furies in the first two acts of the film and Ares at the end. Then he becomes the god of war at the end.

God of War 2: Kratos vs. Greek heroes and Fates

With the help ofthe titans, he'd fight Perseus, Theseus, and Icarus in order to reach and battle the Fates to change his past. Possibly a losing battle with Zeus at the end.

God of War 3: Kratos vs. titans and gods

Kratos stans alone with the immense power he has gained to take down the titans and gods that betrayed him. Epic redemption battle with Zeus at the end.
Ocelot - 9/3/2013, 6:23 AM
The best video game adaptation without a doubt is Silent Hill. It was pretty much the game I remember playing back in 2002, even the eerie atmosphere and creepyness was there. The movie was pretty good aswell, good cinematography. It's also a movie where

SPOILER:

Sean Bean DOESN'T DIE.
MarkJulian - 9/3/2013, 6:27 AM
@Ocelot And yet Silent Hill 2 was so shitty!!!!!!!! Still pissed about that one.
Chloefornication - 9/3/2013, 6:28 AM
I don't think a GOW movie would be a CBM.
TMW1987ProudProWrestlingFan - 9/3/2013, 6:28 AM
I never understand when people say why would you want to see what you see in a game or comic translated from it because you already know what is going to happen etc.

I think it's the best way to go for Gamers or Comic readers rather than making changes or alterations to a known story for the big screen. People who are Gamers & Comic readers want to see something they like or favourite played out in Live action with real casts / effects etc & there really is no need to alter some / certain aspects of a games or comics story for film because the general audience probably won't have played games or read comics, so therefore, they don't even really know what happens anyways in the first place to begin with so just stick to source or as close to.

I understand in making slight changes or alterations if it's something people really feel the general audience are 'that stupid' & won't get or are confused by, but if it's already simple enough to start with, leave it as is.

I'd love for Gears of War & Halo to get movies. Personally, I don't think you'd have to change anything from Gears of Wars Game stories for the general audience, the story / plot is pretty straight forward & easy enough to follow, but there is an absolute LOT from those games that would look great cinematically.

Halo on the other hand or Mass Effect, I can understand may be a bit confusing for 'some' of the general audience to follow or understand, so movies about those would have to have some slight alterations to make it easier for the general audience to understand & follow along.


I like the way superman7 has broken down the way they could adapt the God of War games to the big screen & that's the kind of formula they should use for games that are a franchise or have more than one game.

I'd put the film versions in chronological order though, I hate it when developers start doing Prequel games for things, so, Gears of War for example, first movie would have to be based on Judgment, then Gears of War, then 2, then 3.

And then obviously you'd have to put the Halo films in the right order of 1, 2, 3, 4, ODST & Reach.


If people started taking Videogame adaptations as seriously now as people are with CBM adaptations, I can't see why Games to Movies can't work if done properly, but Directors & Hollywood like to [frick] things up by going with what THEY think is right & what THEIR vision is & that's what destroys most Game to Movie adaptations IMO.
TMW1987ProudProWrestlingFan - 9/3/2013, 6:40 AM
Killzone is also another gaming Franchise I think would look great on the big screen too if also done correctly.

Infamous could have been good for movie making too but I'm not liking the looks of the new one coming to PS4 & don't think I'd be interested in seeing that one getting turned into a movie, but we'll see after I've played it.
JoeyGhoul - 9/3/2013, 6:43 AM
They should get Jason Momoa(GameOfThrones,ConanTheBarbaian2011), he's perfect for the role.
TMW1987ProudProWrestlingFan - 9/3/2013, 6:47 AM
Oh yeah, don't get me wrong Levi, of course things would have to be condensed, but that would all just be about picking the right parts to cut out so that the movie would still flow well.

Like when they get to Gears of War movie 3, you couldn't just cut out the Dom stuff.

Whoever would be cast as Dom needs to nail the sadness of his discovery in the 2nd film & really needs to make you feel come the 3rd film.

Same could be said for the Tai stuff as well.

Few heart wrenching / Tear jerker moments from the games that just NEED to be included in film adaptations that you just couldn't cut out.


Also, I think some of the rig defending scenes & all out battles would look magnificent on the big screen with the right effects company behind everything.
Ocelot - 9/3/2013, 6:52 AM
@MarkJulian

So the second one was indeed bad then, I mean even though it looked terrible from the awful trailer, a part of me hoped it would somewhat be on par, slightly below or perhaps even better than the original.

@SotoJuiceMan

You could tell that the director was committed and took the project seriously unlike Paul WS. Anderson. Too bad he didn't come back for the sequel, then again I dont think one was even required.

I also agree with you on the Resident Evil franchise, franchise needs a good wash, though it wont happen soon. The Resident Evil games dont always have the best plots, however i've always thought that the films could be really good if they focused on the effects biological hazards and bioterrorism aspects seriously and somewhat realistically. In addition to how corporations and the government handle and react to them. The framwork for that is in the games, but is touched on lightly in the films, with perhaps exception of the first film.
gmoney0505 - 9/3/2013, 7:17 AM
When you have great stories like God of War, inFAMOUUS, Metal Gear Solid, you need to keep those stories as close to the game as possible. I not talking about the 7 hours of fighting you do, I'm talking bout the core story itself.

Its not hard to translate God of War story to the big screen especially. Its harder to translate the big ass Titans to the big screen and not the story. The problem is these screen writers want their own ideas of what the movie should be instead of telling the story like how it should be in the game.

Keep this ending in the movie if ever made.

ATrueHero1987 - 9/3/2013, 7:25 AM
I think a Dead Space movie would be great & could work.

Man, I would LOVE for them to reboot the Resident Evil series! I hear they're ending the Paul Anderson series(which is great!) so if they ever decide to reboot, make it as scary as RE 1-4.

GUNSMITH - 9/3/2013, 7:31 AM
ITS POSSIBLE TO MAKE A GOOD ADAPTION...IT JUST HASN'T BEEN DONE YET, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE. IF YOU MADE A GOD OF WAR MOVIE AND HIT IT DEAD ON WITH THE RIGHT ACTOR AND THE RIGHT FX HOUSE...IT WOULD OWN.
Ineedrevelation - 9/3/2013, 7:51 AM
Um... if you can make a movie based around cars that can come to life, you can make anything
Greengo - 9/3/2013, 7:58 AM
Use Joe Gatt he was the mo-cap actor for Kratos.
gaikinger - 9/3/2013, 8:00 AM
Jason Mamoa should play Kratos
DudeGuyMan - 9/3/2013, 8:08 AM
I've never played Gears. My Xbox 360 contracted the red ring of death before I could get it. I'm more of a Playstation guy by default.
Kayo - 9/3/2013, 8:12 AM
let David Jaffe direct this movie
mrHJK - 9/3/2013, 8:31 AM
God of War would be one of the easiest to adapt - are you kidding? It's one of the shortest modern games, so not too much story to cut or change around to fit two hours.
supermarioworldE - 9/3/2013, 8:45 AM
I think the biggest challenge from the game is that Kratos is alone throughout most of it. They'd have to give him some characters to talk to every now and then, or else the movie would risk coming off as dull.
Dedpool - 9/3/2013, 8:53 AM
Trailer for ascencion was sick

Gerard Butler needs to play Kratos in live action. If not him then possibly the Rock.
Dedpool - 9/3/2013, 8:54 AM
@ SupermarioworldE - My thoughts exactly. have him talking to Athena or maybe the ghost of his daughter or brother or something.
Melkaticox - 9/3/2013, 9:46 AM
The God of War series has horrible writing, a very unlikable protagonist, suffers from repetitive action and QTE...
Yeah, they could change all that for the movie, but that would only anger the old fans. So forget about God of War and MAKE A [frick]ING LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE, NINTENDO!!
Natetrix79 - 9/3/2013, 9:49 AM
It doesn't need to be a trilogy 2 movies at the most movie #1: tricked by Ares into killing his own family, start the movie off with a sick ass war scene Gladiator style with Kratos ready to lose when he calls on Ares. He wins becomes Ares assassin, kills the wife & daughter, flips out & goes after Ares & kills him in the end movie ends with a pissed off Zeus. Movie #2: Zeus wants Kratos dead & throws everything he has at him & Ares's siblings are more than willing to help part 2 is nothing but action like "The Raid: Redemption" just at mount Olympus Kratos taking on different Gods until he gets to Zeus!!! First movie big battle scene,origin,double cross,adventure to find Pandora's box,death of a God. Movie 2 Zeus unleashes hell on Kratos,he survives & brings hell to Olympus...BOOM WE'RE ALL HAPPY LOTTLE NERDS!!! >:-)
TheRationalNerd - 9/3/2013, 10:13 AM
Michael Jai White for KRATOS!!!!!
frankjaeger - 9/3/2013, 10:51 AM
Adapt Metal Gear already!
TMW1987ProudProWrestlingFan - 9/3/2013, 11:14 AM
See, games like Metal Gear, F.E.A.R, Dead Space, Gears of War, Halo, Mass Effect, Infamous, Killzone, Far Cry, etc, etc are all games that could potentially make good to great films to be adapted.


Personally, I don't understand or get how you can adapt World of War Craft from a game to a film, then again, never been a WOW player or saw the appeal in it myself, but, I hope it works & is successful because that could change the tide of people taking adapting games to movies a bit more seriously.

Resident Evil & Max Payne were perfect for adaptation, but both were butchered with what we got presented so I would like to see both of these rebooted (Even though I must admit I enjoy Anderson's films for what they are, but not for being true to the Resident Evil franchise).

Max Payne was alright until they introduced the stupid angels, demons, spirits & supernatural dynamic etc, that's when it started to fall apart.

See, two franchises that had potential spoiled by directors & studios throwing in things that have no place, relevance or need of being there.
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