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Sony encouraged God of War screenwriters to make “dramatic shifts”

By Mike Williams

Sony encouraged God of War screenwriters to make “dramatic shifts”

Thu 29 Nov 2012 2:14am GMT / 9:14pm EST / 6:14pm PST

The writers of God of War don't have to stick to the original story

In an interview with Shock Till You Drop, God of War screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan said that Sony is allowing them to change things up on the film adaptation.

"[Sony], you think they'd be sacred about the origin story and all of that, but they were encouraging us to make it different from those [games] and if that means going in dramatic shifts, they were cool of it. And they're involved,” said Melton.

The writing duo were also asked about how God of War will differentiate itself from other films based on Greek/Roman mythology, like Clash of the Titans and Immortals.

"Those movies can inform the God of War to step in a more bold direction," said Dunstan. “Not to join those ranks, but to stand head and shoulders apart like other reinventions have done within that genre. The satisfying element is to look at those movies as a commentary on the genre and now say something different."

Melton and Dunstan previously told IGN that the film would attempt to ground Kratos and make him more human.

“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, we're seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids,” said Dunstan.

“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,” Melton added.

God of war currently has no director or release window.

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Hugo Dubs Interactive Designer

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That's great cause, in my opinion, this is what make adaptation so bad. You already know what's going on, and people doing the movie have to follow so much constraints. This good news that they have the opportunity to make a "story" of their own.

Just don't make it look like "empires of the deep"....

Posted:3 years ago


Robert Fuller Studying GSP, DeVry University

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That 30 minutes of character development can be a gamble considering other movies have tried this approach (Ghost Rider, Green Lantern, Batman -Nolan, Spawn) and have not fared well at the box office. I like what they are trying to do but one thing they have to remember is that if they strip Kratos of his Badd-assery they may hurt the image of the character people have.

Posted:3 years ago


Germán Vázquez Executive Producer, Neggi Studio

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@Robert Are you seriously putting the Nolan´s first Batman movie in the same sentence as Ghost Rider, Green Lantern and Spawn??
Really?? Not only you are putting one amazing movie next to literally garbage but also your argument about the box office is totally inaccurate. After Batman & Robin completely destroyed the franchise Batman Begins was a hit reviving it and making a very good chuck of change at the box office, taking into account all that its nothing short of miracle.

Posted:3 years ago


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