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Brett Ratner to Direct ‘God of War’?
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God of WarSo 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?

23 Comments »

  1. I’d like to see some unknown take on the role of Kratos, as long as he’s tall, muscular and basass. IF they plan to take a known actor, Gerard Butler would be awesome…even tho it’s cliche’ to think of him after 300. As for directors…Spielberg, Nolan, Ridley Scott, or Gavin Hood (he loves Greek mythology). Ratner just sucks at things like this so they should tell him to take a hike!

    Comment by Arvindh — May 29, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  2. Vin Diesel did not play 47

    Comment by Maybe — May 31, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  3. Yes, I’m aware of this.

    That doesn’t mean that everyone didn’t immediately shout out his name to play the part when they first started talking about Hitman and before they cast Olyphant.

    Comment by The Movie God — May 31, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  4. […] I wrote about Brett Ratner possibly doing a God of War movie and how bad he would be for it (see Brett Ratner to Direct ‘God of War’?). Now comes word of another movie he is in talks to direct — Beverly Hills Cop […]

    Pingback by Brett Ratner To Direct ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4′? — May 31, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  5. I think that Brett Ratner has his hands full for the next two years with other projects. I agree that Ridley Scott would be a great choice along with Zack Snyder as another front runner.

    David Jaffe, the creater of God of War video games, has mentioned that Djimon Hounsou should play the role of Kratos since he has the voice, body, and acting resume to back him up. Besides, Kratos voice over in the video game was done be a black male (T.C. Carson with a great deal of experience) and Kratos was dark skinned in the video game prior to all of his family’s ashes covered his body.

    In any case, David Jaffe has already wrote an incredible script in 2005 for this movie and is supposed to be backed up by Universal Studios, so what are we waiting for?!?!?

    Comment by jefe — June 26, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  6. I am satisfied with Brett Ratner being the director of the God of War film. I mean thank god Uwe Boll didnt get his hands on the filming copyrights, so be thankful for that.

    And I have to agree with the editor of this article when he says Djimon Hounsou and Vin Diesel are probably the perfect choices for Kratos. Which ever actor he picks, both would be very satisfying Kratos actors

    Comment by Nico — July 26, 2008 @ 2:45 am

  7. As far as the actor playing KRATOS, it is not enough just to get the look of him or even the voice of him. The creator of KRATOS (Creator David Jaffe) had multiple incarnation of his character. It is almost that he wanted to give birth (LOL) to this demi-god from just his imagination. In the game GOW the accompanying disk tells about the look, the voice but more importantly the anger and hatred that made KRATOS. It is as if one look at him and you know how much hardship and trials he had to overcome. His eyes tells you what he had to sacrifice and what has been taken from him.
    As you can see I kinda like GOW, so please whoever has the final say, Please make this into a great movie.

    Comment by Reggie — July 27, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  8. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the best actor for movie God of War…Please Brett !!!!!!

    Comment by Vicky — October 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  9. Kaleti Williams is an up and coming Actor from Southern California. His profile is on IMDB and has the look and the body structure of Kratos…. (well he may need to get a little more ripped up…) Kaleti has a YouTube page at which he has posted his film projects. I seen him perform on stage in front of thousands as King Kamehameha and gave a standing ovation…. The Hawaiian people were proud!! You can get a good glance at his physical appearance on the You Tube clip. He was also in the Cars.com Superbowl Commercial as Glondor “The Ring of Fire” (You Tube). Let’s put some new fresh faces on screen… I’ve turn to Indie Films, Short Films, and Foreign Films for that reason!!

    Comment by Rowland — October 12, 2008 @ 2:47 am

  10. please make batista do the character of kratos, he has a blood of a greek warrior!

    Comment by ALFONSO P. ROSEOS JR. — October 13, 2008 @ 4:33 am

  11. peter jackson might be a good person to do this movie, look at the layout of the lord of the rings. the fighting sences the backgrounds. this movie could be huge (not just for the fans) but it has such a cool story. as for kratos he has to either be a no name or someone who is not a big time actor, that would be the biggest mistake to kill the movie. the guy from hitman would be a good role for him… but all in all DO NOT MURDER THIS MOVIE!

    Comment by brad — November 4, 2008 @ 4:27 am

  12. Zack Snyder & Peter Jackson together that would be the best choice cause this is the best game ever and they can not take that chance and ruining this movie PLEASE….like others did with street fighter, mortal combat and max payne and vin diesel would be the best to play kratos HE HAS THE FACE THE BODY THE VOICE THERES NO ONE BETTER “NOT” Djimon Hounsou OR THE GUY FROM HITMAN LIKE BRAD SAID CAN PLAY THAT ROLE, Djimon Hounsou HAS THE BODY BUT HE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HIM AND HES BLACK NOT GREEK EVEN Dwayne Johnson(THE ROCK)COULD BE GOOD FOR THE PART WHAT DO U THINK GUYS

    Comment by jmillz — December 17, 2008 @ 4:16 am

  13. also Gerard Butler as kratos and so what he played King Leonidas in 300 shave his hair and you’ll see

    Comment by jmillz — December 17, 2008 @ 4:29 am

  14. I think as far as looks, maybe not voice (and his acting skills are a bit in question as well), Dominic Purcell from Prison Break would make a good LOOK for Kratos. As far as actual acting, I’d have to agree with you guys about Gerard Butler. If only there were a way to make a hybrid…Or maybe some kind of Terrence Carson(voice), Gerard Butler (acting), and Dominic Purcell(look) hybrid…I don’t know, I ran out of ideas.

    Comment by Corey — December 18, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

  15. djimon is a good choice very good choice ,my reason is because this would make for a great story yes kratos is greek but who’s to say Zeus didnt go for that beautiful nubian concubine.and thus the reason for their exile and why she couldnt say who his father was.

    Comment by Charles KIttrell — January 10, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  16. I think they should put a new face in the leading role! I took at that one guy kaleti Williams and he is actually really good….he was also on that new TV show Dollhouse a couple weeks ago!From a girl who loved playing the game and is SICK of seeing the rock on her TV I think that it would be nice to have a fresh face ya know??!?! It also helps that kaleti is extremly good looking and talented!

    Comment by summer — April 16, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  17. please get Batista for this role of Kratos-NO BODY ELSE

    Comment by andrew miller — July 30, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  18. zack snyder should direct this movie hands down. he did an epic job with 300 and i believe if they filmed god of war in the same format then it would be the best possible movie it could be. as for kratos i believe as far as looks go it would be bill goldberg hands down. but as far as acting goes if Djimon Hounsou plays him i will not see this movie. Djimon Hounsou is good at playing a badass good guy, not a no mercy showing blood thirsty godsend. he’s a great actor just not a great actor for this part. infact i cant think of anyone of the top of my head that could pull of kratos’ attitude besides gerard butler, but he doesnt have the looks.

    Comment by hawk — January 29, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  19. well i am a huge fan of g.o.w and i think it is all about the greek god story line of decption and they should concentrate on that befor the actors make sure the background effects are sufficent enough to grab the eye of the gamer’s the gamer’s are the loyal fans & will for ever love the games regardless of the movies outcome the movie if it is anywhere close to the game will be successfull.. i think the guy for 300 would play a good krato’s.. don’t forget that they need to have a sparten side in the story for krato’s was a sparten.a sparten war lord i think for producers zack snyder would be best butt the game producer should join him for looks and a prespectives point of view if done right it will blow the roof off the box office i must say if not the man from 300 than its vin diesle both have a very hatefull look to them and their history of movies ….if the rock ends up in the movie i will be disapointed he dosn’t suit the part after playing in a movie about being a fairy

    Comment by marf — February 22, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  20. DEFINITELY Djimon Hounsou OR T.C. Carson-WHO ACTUALLY does the voice for Kratos. Can I just remind everyone, it’d be better if it were someone, ANYONE of color…granted the majority of Greeks are brown-of course, shades of skin varies and that goes for just about EVERY ethnicity. BUT they should have done the same with Prince of Persia. Seriously. OMFG though, I’m stoked!!

    Comment by idolatrysasin — April 3, 2010 @ 9:28 am

  21. I THINK THE BEST ACTOR WOULD BE BATISTA,HES PERFECT FOR THE CARACTER AND HAS THE VOICE TOO.
    FUTHER MORE THE MOVIE MUST BE RATED R18,I MEAN WHAT IS THE USE OF A CLEAN MOVIE.
    I HOPE THEY REALLY MAKE PLAN ON DOING THE MOVIE,ITS GONA BE A BIG HIT…..IM JUST WORRIED THAT THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE DIRECTED BY THE WRONG PERSON…….IF I HAD A WISH IT WOULD BE THAT THIS MOVIE WILL SWEEP WORLD OF ITS FEET.WE HAVE THE ACTORS,WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND SURELY SOMEONE WIL HAVE THE FUNDS TO PRODUCE IT……………….PLEASE LETS GET STARTED
    DYLAN CROUS

    Comment by DYLAN — June 24, 2010 @ 7:10 am

  22. I think the best actor would be Vin Diesel, hes perfect for the caracter and has the voice too. HE will bring what people waiting from caracter.

    Comment by andy — October 3, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  23. I thin the best actor would be VIN Diesel, hes perfect for the caracter and has the voice too.

    Comment by andy — October 3, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

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