The next adventure for Kratos and boy: the big screen, according to Pacific Rim: Uprising director Steven DeKnight - and it's an adventure that Sony are taking seriously.
It all started late April when DeKnight started openly talking about a God of War movie on Twitter. A fan had asked what comics inspired DeKnight the most, and he replied that he'd spent more time playing the God of War reboot lately.
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) April 25, 2018
And according to a new interview with DeKnight by ComicBook, that conversation opened a door with Sony. The director spoke about a concept for live action film, which was important given the success rate of video game adaptations thus far.
"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 ... approach it like adapting Jaws. For people who've read Jaws, the movie is very different but they're both fantastic," he said.
"So you have to be able to take the source material and make it work as a movie. And I think that's part of the reason often times video game movies don't work is because you can't translate the video game experience into a movie. You gotta take the characters and the situations and the emotions and make it work for a movie."
DeKnight went on to say that he would love to handle a God of War adaptation, but that he "wasn't in any kind of conversations right now", meaning the conversations with Sony were nothing more than exploratory. Still, DeKnight revealed that if any adaptation were to happen, both parties already agreed on the tone: it had to be R-rated.
"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."
You can read the full interview over at Comicbook.