For a project that only recently started its journey down the road to the big screen, Fall of Gods certainly seems to be on the fast track to production. Just days ago (at the time of writing this), 20th Century Fox scooped up the film rights to the crowd-funded graphic novel from Mood Studios in Denmark.
The epic fantasy is steeped in Norse mythology and centers on a retired warrior on a quest to find his lost love. Now we have word on which filmmaker will be tasked with bringing the visually arresting story to the big screen.
According to THR, Wes Ball will direct the film adaptation of Fall of Gods. Ball made his directorial debut in 2014 with The Maze Runner - itself an adaptation of the popular young adult sci-fi novel series - and returns behind the camera for this fall's sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Ball and Steve Tzirlin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) are among the film's producers.
For those curious, here is the synopsis for the Fall of Gods graphic novel by Rasmus Berggreen and Michael Vogt:
The gods have long ago vanished. In their place, two rivaling races now inhabit Midgard; humans and jotnar. Fifteen years ago, a coalition of chieftains drove the jotnar race from Midgard. Now, from each side of the border, humans and jotnar eye each other with hatred and suspicion.
When his wife, the estranged daughter of one of Midgard’s most powerful chieftains, is mysteriously kidnapped, a retired warrior takes up the hatchet and sets out to rescue her. But he risks unleashing the wild demon buried deep within him and losing his soul in the process. His journey will bring him into conflict with terrible forces as a cynical plot is revealed and the dark mythological past of the North begins to awaken once more.
Provided that the Fall of Gods film captures the breathtaking visual style of the book, it could easily turn out to be a breakout hit on the level of 300. Thanks to the Thor films, casual moviegoers are more familiar than ever with the basic figureheads of Norse mythology (not that Marvel's take has been overly concerned with staying true to Norwegian myth), and Fall of Gods has the opportunity to present a darker, less glossy version of the many beasts and creatures that inhabit that world. The fact that it is all grounded emotionally in a quest for love would likely make the film and all its spectacle an even easier sell internationally.
That being said, the selection of Ball as director on such a potentially large-scale production demonstrates a great deal of faith on the part of Fox. After all, Fall of Gods will be one of Ball's only directorial features, as his second hasn't even hit theaters yet. It remains to be seen if his commitment to this film means Ball won't direct the in-development third entry in the Maze Runner series (The Death Cure), as he had been expected - though not confirmed - to return. However, Fall of Gods could be the hit Ball needs to take his career to the next level.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Fall of Gods as this story develops.