Previously known for his writing, producing and directing work on such hit shows as Spartacus: Blood And Sand and Netflix’s Daredevil, Steven S. DeKnight made his movie debut at the helm of the giant robot sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising. And if he has his way, one of his future film projects will be similarly larger than life.
Over on Twitter, DeKnight has expressed his desire to make a videogame adaptation of the action-fantasy franchise, God Of War – a series previously drenched in Greek myth, but recently underwent a reboot of sorts with a more mature 2018 game that took in Norse legend.
The common factor is the war god of the series’ title: Kratos, a beefy man who’s low on dialgue and high on baroque violence and dismemberment. As it turns out, DeKnight has the perfect actor in mind for this role, too: the perfectly imposing Dave Bautista, currently known for his role as Drax in the Marvel franchise.
Admittedly, a lot of this comes from a Twitter conversation, but DeKnight has also, he says, had more official talks with Sony about a potential God Of War movie – and both parties agreed that the adaptation would have to be full-blooded and R-rated.
“It’s funny,” DeKnight told ComicBook.com, “because when I sat down with the Sony PlayStation people, one of the first things we both said is R-rated because I always use the original Conan the Barbarian as my touchstone, that it needs 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.”
At the same outlet, DeKnight also reiterated his desire to have Bautista in the lead role:
“I think the latest game was just so beautiful and phenomenal. I would love to tackle God Of War movie or I would love to see somebody put that up on the big screen. Somebody asked me, ‘Well, who would you have to have Kratos?’ And immediately for me: Dave Batista would be the man. I think he can do anything. You can do drama, real emotion, humor, action. What would I like to see from a movie like that? A bit of a tricky question because there hasn’t really been 100% success of translating a video game to a movie. It’s a very, very tricky process.”
So there you have it: if Sony does go ahead with the idea of making a God Of War movie, then consider DeKnight interest in heading it up. And yeah, we have to say, Bautista would make a really good Kratos.