Talking to IGN, the script writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have revealed that the first 30 minutes of the movie will be dedicated to introducing Kratos. While the ones who have played the game won’t need any introduction, it seems they are planning on a wider angle to rake in non-gamers as well.
They also added that recently released Greek mythology movies like Clash of The Titans, Wrath of The Titans, Immortals and 300 contained storylines similar to that of God of War. Hence, they were brought in to change most of the script.
The only problem with that is it was written before Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300 and Immortals, and those movies borrowed quite a bit from the God of War stories. It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.
We all know Kratos as a power house with incredible powers, who is on a road of vengeance against the gods. The new script will dedicate movie time to highlight Kratos in his earlier forms as well. Before when he was a warrior, he was also a father and had a family.
In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan’s rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him – like they’re doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original – we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids.
In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break,” added Melton. “Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes – give or take – of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take. We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.
A total of $150 million has been dedicated for this movie project. Sony wants this to be on a legendary scale that does justice to the game.