Is A God of War Film Adaption A Bad Idea?

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God of War is a truly fantastic game. But talk of a God of War TV or movie adaptation has me worried. Could it defy the odds?

With the release of God of War, gamers the world over are rejoicing and declaring that this is what video games are meant to be. Take note publishers.

Along with the excitement, rumours of an upcoming film or series based on Kratos and his journey have began circling.

Now, video-game film adaptations have a sordid past. Studios just can’t seem to capture what it is that makes the game so special, yet they keep finding reasons to make them (erm, money!). There are however several better reasons why they should not.

Would a film/TV adaptation of God of War be any different?.

Do we really need an adaptation?

Nobody wants to watch Kratos. They want to be him, guide him through a story – not have someone else take him through their story.

Kratos is a god that you can embody. Why would watching him be better?

Kratos looking dapper in the wilderness. Source: Sony.

Where will it air?

Two homes come to mind when considering where this show will live: Netflix and HBO. Netflix has a good rap for their original programming; I love most of them. But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect (I am looking at you Iron Shist).

Also, HBO has a fair few amount of shows I truly enjoyed (sharpen your pitch forks – Game of Thrones was not one of them). So I believe that either of these two houses will give a fair amount of confidence. Both can pack a big budget and both can source what will be needed to make this a reality.

So I’m making a little concession here: If either of these powerhouses take a stab at an adaptation, it could stand a chance.

Where would the story take place?

As with most adaptations, we can expect a prequel or untold story, which, let’s face it, have gotten stale (thanks, Disney Star Wars).

Add to this the fact that any untold stories of Kratos are non-existent, because, oh I don’t know… WE’VE PLAYED THEM ALL!

The World Serpent… Giant… really, really giant.

Casting

Although this idea is still up in the air, Jason Mamoa has expressed interest in playing the role, and to his credit he will probably crush it. After all, he was one of the main reasons I kept watching Game of Thrones.

Would this then lead to a God of War adaptation being just another Game of Thrones-esque type of product with more violence and over-the-top action?

As for finding the rest of the cast, it’s a little tricky to say at the moment, especially seeing as we don’t where the story will take place. If Liam Neeson plays Zeus that would be pretty very very… VERY badass.

Impact

A TV/big screen adaptation of God of War may not do anything for me or other gamers, but would it fascinate non-gamers or other people unfamiliar with this franchise?

Would the plot be close enough to the game to create a desire great enough for non-players to purchase and play it, or would it cause people to scoff and brush it off cruelly like so many others that have come before?

As history has dictated with Hitman, Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed, how much faith can we put into these projects, even if a developer is overseeing production? (Seriously, since when is the Animus a giant robotic arm?).

kratos atreaus troll gof of war
Kratos and Atreaus battling a giant troll. A tough challenge in this world.

There is a lot to think about when creating a series or feature film and too often the main idea is a rush to make money. Inevitably, more often than not, the project falls flat, which I would hate to see happen to this franchise that I have come to adore over the years.

There is a lot of hype from gamers about the potential for a God of War adaptation, so maybe I’m just being a negative Nancy (no offence Nancy). Or am I a realist who is worried about another name being tarnished for the sake of monetary gain and a lack of ideas?

Hey, I could be wrong and this could be the greatest thing to ever happen to earth ever… ever. Let’s hope.

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