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“God of War” screenwriters tease “The Dark Knight” influences

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It was a bit of a surprising turn when Sony turned to “Saw” writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to revamp their “God of War” movie, but it turns out the three might be a better match than we initially thought.

IGN recently caught up with the screenwriting duo, who finished a polish job on Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” before heading off to fix David Self’s original “God of War” screenplay. That one has been sitting on the shelf for a while now, so Dunstan and Melton said they sort of had to rework the script from the ground up.

“The only problem with that [script] is it was written before ‘Clash of the Titans,’ ‘Wrath of the Titans,’ ‘300’ and ‘Immortals,’ and those movies borrowed quite a bit from the ‘God of War’ stories,” Dustan said. “It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.”

In revamping the project, they turned to another series that has since come out: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy.

“In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan‘s rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him — like they’re doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original — we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids,” Dustan said of humanizing the character.

Melton went on to give a more in-depth answer about how that concept will fit into the movie’s plot. “In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break,” he said. “Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes — give or take — of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take.”

He added, “We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.”

It’s no surprise that the plan is to turn “God of War” into a franchise. If it’s worked for the games, why not the movies? That’s why the studio asked Dunstan and Melton to really sell us on Kratos before he goes on to become the Ghost of Sparta. But that’s also why they’re going to have to sell audiences a bit more on Ares as a villain.

“In the game, you know, he’s immortal, and he doesn’t really do much besides raid Athens,” Melton said. “So we’re trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain.”

“God of War” currently is without a director, so no word yet on when we can expect it to begin production or hit theaters.

What do you think of Dunstan and Melton’s plans for “God of War”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…