When a fan asked Momoa if he would accept the role of Kratos if Sony contacted him, the actor excitedly said: "Hell, Yeah!"
Turning successful video games into blockbuster movies is a trend that began more than 25 years ago with the arrival of Mortal Kombat in 1995. Post that, we've seen the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil franchises, both featuring female leads a la Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich respectively, raking up big box-office numbers. And now, we have some very exciting news about yet another possible franchise - God Of War - a game which has seen over 32 million sales so far.
According to We Got This Covered, head honchos at Universal are planning to adapt the superhit video game into a feature film and are even considering none other than Aquaman Jason Momoa himself to reprise the titular role of Kratos in the movie. For those unfamiliar with the title, the first God of War game tells the story of Kratos, a mere mortal who declared a war against Ares and the other gods of Ancient Greece to avenge his murdered family. The report also suggests that Dave Bautista is on the shortlist of actors expected to play the role of the big bad, Ares. WGTC sources have also revealed that Universal has planned to have a trilogy of God of War movies and has chosen to use the one with Greek mythology for the first film in the series rather than the one set in Norse mythology from the massive 2018 hit version.
All the speculation at the moment is just mere rumors as neither Universal nor the actors have provided an inkling of confirmation at the moment. Going by the stark similarities in the bearded look shared by the game's lead character and Momoa's hunky persona, we believe there is some truth to the news and that the casting is absolutely perfect if it actually turns out that way.
In fact, Momoa himself had expressed his willingness to play Kratos at a Comic-Con event last year. When asked whether he was aware of the game, the 40-year-old responded with: "Do I know God of War? Yeah, the guy with the white paint... I would love to play him." When a fan asked if he would accept the role if Sony contacted him, the actor excitedly said: "Hell, Yeah!"
Can we have a God Of War movie franchise where Jason Momoa plays Kratos please? Thank you. pic.twitter.com/yHchpIZDPB— 𝒁𝒆𝒏𝒐 (@ZenoWatts) April 25, 2020
Traditionally, video games to movies were never considered a profitable endeavor as the risk to return ratio was significantly lower but all of that changed in 2016 when Warcraft hit the theatres. Despite universally panned by critics, the movie turned out to be a massive box office hit, making over $439 million on a $160 million budget. Pokemon Detective: Pikachu was yet another movie that endeared video games to audiences. Featuring Ryan Reynolds as the Detective Pikachu and Justice Smith as the trainer, the movie made over $433 million as opposed to a $150 million budget. This year we saw yet another video-game inspired movie - Sonic: The Hedgehog making a little in the upwards of $300 million on an $80 to $95 million budget.
Coming back to the game, the franchise began in 2005 with the first one which was then followed up with God of War II in 2007, God of War III in 2010, and God of War IV in 2018. Over the course of the last 15 years, the game has garnered millions of fans across the world, many of whom are eager to see the god-slayer in action on the big screen.