God Of War Drafts New Writers

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan aboard

If you were to spin your mind-clock back to 2005, you might just remember that Universal bought up the rights to make a movie from Sony Computer Entertainment title God Of War. Since that early purchase, it has been crusading through the development labyrinth, driven forward by a script from David Self. Now the studio and producer Charles Roven have ordered a fresh draft from writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

The pair, who did some uncredited work on Pacific Rim for Guillermo del Toro, also have Piranha 3DD and four outings of the Saw franchise on their joint CV.

They’ll be adapting the game, created by David Jaffe and Shannon Studstill, that finds Spartan warrior Kratos facing down mythological beasties including Medusa, Cyclops and the Hydra. It’s all part of his quest to track down Pandora’s Box and put an end to the machinations of Ares, the god of war.

It’s interesting that Universal is still pushing this one, even though Clash and Wrath Of The Titans has covered similar ground, or at least characters. But it’s likely that they're hoping to lure in moviegoers after more Greek mythological action.

There's still no director attached to this one, and we predict it’ll be a little while before any solid names crop up. Still, good news for game fans, right? And coming the day after the Deus Ex adaptation was announced and two days after Michael Fassbender's name was bandied about Assassin's Creed, it seems that Hollywood is once again turning to consoles for inspiration.