The God of War movie has been been languishing in development hell for many years, the script was finished nine years ago, then it got new writers six years ago, then radio silence. Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven DeKnight has now let it be known that he wants to tackle the movie and has had initial talks with Sony regarding the project.
“I had some early conversations with the good people at Sony PlayStation about it and my biggest thing is, look, you gotta approach it like a book,” DeKnight told CBR “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.”
“When I sat down with the Sony PlayStation people, one of the first things we both said is R-rated because I always use the original Conan the Barbarian as my touchstone, that it needs to be R-rated,” DeKnight added. “I don’t think there’s a way to tell that story and make it PG, nor should it be. And thankfully because of Deadpool, people are much more willing to try that R-rated there with genre work now, again. So, yeah, without a doubt R-rated. I mean not on as far as Spartacus, that was more NC-17, but definitely R-rated.”
However, despite the discussions the movie seems very much dead in the water at the moment, “I would love to tackle it, I have no idea if that’s going to happen. I’m not in any kind of conversations right now,” said De Knight.
The director has also said who he would cast as Kratos, a man who seems to want all the video-game-to-movie roles, Dave Batista.