So I’m doing the rounds, seeing if anything good is going on in movie-town when I came across a little piece on Cinematical. There’s nothing official here, but because it was spoken of by the man it would involve, I can’t look past it.
While discussing his new brand consulting venture with Advertising Age — at the very end, in a completely non-chalant manner — Brett Ratner revealed that he MIGHT be working on an adaptation of the popular video game, God of War.
Wait, excuse me? What was that last part again?
I know many have played this game, but for those of you who haven’t, it’s amazing. It’s a PS2 game, so it has its gameplay and control drawbacks, but the storyline, the visuals, and the sheer scale of everything in it is truly awe-inspiring. If you haven’t, get it immediately and confirm what I’m telling you.
Because of how incredible it is, when they started talking about the movie they were more than expected to make of it, I was really, really “little kid on Christmas” excited. With this I also knew that things could go very wrong very fast with the wrong casting and director. Brett Ratner directing would be a very bad thing.
The positive is that, yes, Uwe Boll was in discussion to do this, so Brett Ratner would be a big step up; but he’s still nowhere near good for this movie. Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t hate Brett Ratner. I think he makes some mindless-yet-entertaining movies in the same vein as Michael Bay: bred for summer releases. I laughed at the Rush Hour movies (Yes, even the third one while being fully aware it was the same movie as the other ones) and I didn’t loathe X-Men: The Last Stand like everyone else did; I thought it was pretty bad compared to what Bryan Singer did, but still a semi-entertaining movie: more like what I would have originally expected the X-Men movie to look like before the bar was raised by Singer. So no, I don’t hate Brett Ratner and I think he does what he does sufficiently enough. This, however, is not what he does.
On the casting side of it, everyone immediately shouts “Vin Diesel!” as they always do with anyone bald and/or muscular (Hitman), which would be awful, and will not happen (I hope). Thankfully the rumors are for a much better candidate, Djimon Hounsou, who apparently was/is in discussion for the part of Kratos. Hounsou is a really talented actor and would certainly work visually, but I would be skeptical of his voice, which doesn’t fit the game character’s at all. This is all nothing-ness really, but it is worth mentioning to get everyone all caught up on the God of War happenings.
Most importantly is, this can’t be a Brett Ratner movie. It has to be done by someone with the visionary skills to really bring that world and those characters to life, not someone who can find a silly and hilarious sidekick for Kratos to fight Olympus with. Hopefully, the studios will see how Bioshock brought in a fitting director and find someone cut out for this one! How about… Ridley Scott? He could dip into Gladiator methods and reach back to his more sci-fi/fantasy days and throw it all into one bowl! Or maybe Robert Zemeckis? Edward Zwick?
Who would you guys like to see bring God of War to life, and who plays him?