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'Pacific Rim' Writers Tapped for 'God of War' Adaptation (Exclusive)

The screenwriting pair of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote four of the "Saw" films, are set to bring the Sony Computer Entertainment game to the big screen.
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The screenwriting pair of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote four of the "Saw" films, are set to bring the Sony Computer Entertainment game to the big screen.

Universal has tapped Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to rewrite God of War, the studio adaptation of the video game from Sony Computer Entertainment.

Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing via Atlas Entertainment.

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Created by David Jaffe and Shannon Studstill and released in March 2005, the game followed the battles of the Spartan warrior Kratos, who squares off against mythological beasts including Medusa, Cyclops and the Hydra in his quest to find Pandora's Box and destroy Ares, the god of war.

David Self, who is exec producing, wrote the initial draft.

Melton and Dunston made their names writing four installments of the Saw horror franchise. To branch out, they wrote a spec called Monstropolis that was well-regarded and caught the attention of the makers of Pacific Rim. Their work with Guillermo del Toro on Rim has now set them on the action tentpole path.  

The pair are repped by WME, Underground and attorney Dave Feldman of Bloom Hergott.

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