By Joseph Leray
Progress on the movie adaptation of Sony Santa Monica’s "God of War" franchise is apparently going well, according to writing duo Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
Kratos’ misadventures in mythological Greece were sure to draw comparisons to movies like Clash of the Titans and Immortals, but Dunstan looks distinguish the God of War movie from its rivals. “Those movies can inform God of War to step in a more bold direction,” he told Shock Till You Drop. “Not to join those ranks, but to stand head and shoulders apart.”
“The satisfying element is to look at those movies as a commentary on the genre and say something different,” he continued.
Melton also commented that Sony have given the team free reign to adapt David Self’s original screenplay as they see fit: “You they’d be sacred about the origin story and all that, but they were encouraging us to make it different … and if that means going in dramatic shifts, they were cool with it.”
As a game noted for its gore, God of War seems like a good fit for the writing team that cut its teeth in the trenches of horror movies -- Dunstan and Melton wrote the screenplays for several Saw movies and, more recently, The Collector.
Their newest movie, The Collection, opens in theatres this Friday.