Since March, showrunner Rafe Judkins (The Wheel of Time) and authors Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been adapting the series for television (Children of Men, Iron Man, The Expanse).
Executive producing alongside them are Santa Monica Studio’s Yumi Yang and Cory Barlog, as well as PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash.
It sounds like the show will pick up where the 2018 relaunch of the God of War series left off with the release of the sequel God of War Ragnarök.
While the first three games in the series were heavily influenced by Greek mythology, the latter two games in the series have a more general basis in Norse mythology.
The show’s synopsis reads, “When Kratos’s wife dies, he embarks on a perilous trek with his estranged son to disperse her ashes from the highest mountain, his wife’s final request” (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Kratos and his son’s relationship will be put to the test, and Kratos will have to face up against new gods and monsters for the fate of the world. The series is a collaboration between PlayStation Productions and Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.
For Sony Pictures TV president Katherine Pope, “working with our colleagues at Amazon Studios and our partners at PlayStation Productions to adapt this beautiful and devastating game into a premium live-action series” is an honour. According to the creators, “Rafe, Mark, and Hawk are constructing a hypnotic series that traces the legendary odyssey of Kratos.”
Qizilbash continued, “We’re pleased to join with Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios to bring our beloved brand to fans and new audiences in a bold and authentic way since God of War is one of PlayStation’s most honored video games.
Together with Sony Pictures, Sony Interactive Entertainment established PlayStation Productions in 2019 to develop film and television adaptations of its original game concepts.
The first major film from the company to be produced was this year’s Uncharted film starring Tom Holland, which cost an estimated $120 million to produce. This will be followed by the January 15, 2023 debut of The Last of Us on HBO.