Video games are the new comic books in Hollywood. Or, more accurately, studios hope that’s the case. With properties as diverse as Assassin’s Creed and Need for Speed in various stages of development, it seems like the successful equation of taking something that people already love and reinterpret it for the big screen.
Universal Pictures is certainly clinging to that formula, as the studio holds the film rights to Sony’s God of War franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been tapped to write a new draft after executive producer David Self took the first pass.
Melton and Dunstan first gained recognition by writing several Saw sequels, but were also tapped by Guillermo del Toro to pen his giant robots versus monsters movie Pacific Rim.
The God of War franchise debuted in 2005 and revolves around the adventures of Spartan Kratos as he battles gods and monsters only to discover that he is a demigod himself. The games have spawned novelizations as well as a comic book series written by Marv Wolfman.
The next installment in the video game series, God of War: Ascension, arrives in March.
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