Do you dare anger the gods? Players of the God of War video game franchise have confronted that question with each new installment. The first ever God of War debuted in 2005 set in the world of Greek gods. In 2018, though, the game series moved to Norse mythology with a deeper narrative for the powerful god Kratos. And now the award-winning game will make the jump to the screen in a different way. Amazon has ordered a God of War live-action adaptation television series for Prime Video. The Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins will be at the helm. We first saw this news at Variety.
This God of War live-action adaptation will pick up from the gorgeous 2018 installment from Sony Santa Monica Studios. Kratos retires to Midgard with his family. His wife dies and Kratos and his son, Atreus, go on a quest to fulfill his wife’s dying wish. It’s quite the adventure, rich with Norse mythology characters and lore. Twists and turns along the way deepen Kratos and Atreus’ bond as the god learns how to best be a father. In short, it’s wonderful material for a live-action TV series. The larger-than-life god fights equally larger-than-life monsters and meets fascinating characters. The duo’s journey continues in the recently released God of War Ragnarök.
The God of War live-action TV series has Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (creators of The Expanse) on board to write. God of War director Cory Barlog will serve as executive producer for the show that is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Picture Television in association with PlayStation Productions. Addtionally, Variety reports Playstation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan and Santa Monica Studio’s Yumi Yang and Vertigo’s Roy Lee as executive producers. Santa Monica Studio’s Jeff Ketcham is co-executive producer.
The Wheel of Time is in its second season (which is expected to air in 2023). Showrunning two epic fantasy television series seems like it would be quite the challenge. As excited as we are for God of War, we hope Judkins is able to execute his vision for The Wheel of Time adaptation.
Amy Ratcliffe is the Editor-in-Chief for Nerdist and the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, The Art of God of War Ragnarök, and more. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.