God of War is one of the best selling and most acclaimed video games in recent memory, but a movie version of the game has been stalled in Hollywood development hell for years. If it does ever get the green light, however, one filmmaker knows who he'd cast in the lead role.
Steven S. DeKnight, showrunner on the first season of Daredevil and director of the recent Pacific Rim: Uprising, spoke with Comicbook.com about his interest in possibly making a God of War movie — he's a huge fan of the game, apparently — and casting Dave Bautista, best known for playing Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the role of Kratos.
The whole thing started with a Twitter exchange between DeKnight and a fan:
When DeKnight spoke with Comicbook.com, he confirmed that he would love to see the game come to the big screen:
"I would love to see it. Somebody had asked me about video games and I've always been a fan of God of War. I think the latest game was just so beautiful and phenomenal. I would love to tackle God of War movie or I would love to see somebody put that up on the big screen."
As for the idea of putting Bautista in the role of Kratos, DeKnight was enthusiastic:
"Somebody asked me, 'Well, who would you have to have Kratos?' And immediately for me: Dave Bautista would be the man. I think he can do anything. You can do drama, real emotion, humor, action. What would I like to see from a movie like that? A bit of a tricky question because there hasn't really been 100% success of translating a video game to a movie. It's a very, very tricky process."
That's the big challenge right there: multiplexes are littered with the rotting carcasses of big-screen video game adaptations that have died gruesome deaths at the box office, with iconic games like Warcraft, Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed being just a few of the latest casualties (although Rampage was a decent-sized hit).
DeKnight said he's had a few conversations with people at Sony PlayStation, suggesting that the key to successfully adapting a game is to "approach it like a book":
"Approach it like adapting Jaws. For people who've read Jaws, the movie is very different but they're both fantastic. So you have to be able to take the source material and make it work as a movie. And I think that's part of the reason oftentimes video game movies don't work is because you can't translate the video game experience into a movie. You gotta take the characters and the situations and the emotions and make it work for a movie."
DeKnight hastened to add that he's not involved in any official conversations about a God of War movie, with PlayStation or a studio, but says that he hopes "somebody will make a movie out of that franchise."
As for Bautista himself, he hasn't commented on DeKnight's remarks and he'll be busy reprising the role of Drax in (possibly) Avengers 4 and (definitely) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the near future. But he did tell EW.com that he would be up for a Drax standalone movie after Guardians director James Gunn tweeted about the idea:
“I didn’t realize he’d tweeted about it. We have talked about it quite a bit. I’m not going to hold my breath. I see where they would have trouble fitting it in. I don’t know if Marvel sees me or my character as that type of investment. But, yeah, I would be all up for it.”
Bautista is also getting good reviews for his role in Hotel Artemis, which opens on Friday (June 8). He's getting to be quite the busy actor these days, but would you like to see him make time to tackle Kratos in a God of War movie?