The latest video game to be picked up for big-screen consideration is Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Greek Mythology adventure, God of War. Daily Variety reports that Universal Pictures has bought the movie rights to the game, created by David Jaffe and Shannon Studstill.
Sony’s God of War tells the story of Kratos, a Spartan warrior who travels ancient Greece performing heroic tasks for the Gods of Olympus in hopes of earning forgiveness for a horrific deed in his past. His latest assignment is to kill Ares, the God of War, which requires acquiring the greatest weapon in the ancient world–Pandora’s Box. Familiar chreatures he encounters along the way include the Cyclops, the Hydra, the Minotaur and Medusa.
Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are attached to produce the God of War film for Mosaic Media Group, which is also producing Terry Gilliam’s eagerly awaited Brothers Grimm for Dimension Films. Roven served as producer on Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Batman Begins, while Gartner’s credits include The Upside of Anger, released this week on home video. Universal VP Jeff Kirschenbaum is overseeing development of God of War for the studio. Writing and directing duties are yet to be assigned.