Amazon’s Head of Television Vernon Sanders has opened up about the upcoming God of War series.
Earlier this month, Amazon gave a straight-to-series order to a live-action adaptation of Santa Monica Studio’s God of War games for its streaming service. Rafe Judkins (The Wheel of Time) has been tapped to serve as showrunner on the adaptation, working from scripts by Academy Award nominees Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who are also executive producing. During a recent interview about success of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Vernon Sanders teased what fans can expect from Judkins, Fergus and Ostby with the God of War series.
“We do incredibly well with adaptations, from Invincible to The Boys. I mean, we just covered so many of them, right? And so we know that there’s such a passionate fan base for God of War,” Vernon Sanders told Collider. “But the thing that we’re always looking for is whether there is a real emotional core, if there’s a real narrative story, and I think that’s part of what makes God of War so special. At the center of it all is this story of fathers and sons, and families, set against this giant epic landscape. So what Rafe and Mark and Hawk have come up with for the first season, and for the series, I think, is both incredibly true to the source material, and also compelling on its own. If you never played the game, you will fall in love with the show and feel very much invited in. So we think it’s going to be huge.”
A joint venture between between Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios in association with PlayStation Productions, God of War is set to premiere in more than 240 countries and territories across the globe. The announcement came a few days after the release of Santa Monica Studio’s God of War Ragnarök, the fastest-selling first party launch game in PlayStation history.
Santa Monica Studio’s creative director Cory Barlog is also executive producing Amazon’s God of War adaptation alongside Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Yumi Yang, Roy Lee. Jeff Ketcham serves as a co-executive producer on the project.
The storyline of the God of War series
God Of War follows the story of Kratos, a spartan warrior who made a pact with the Greek god of war, Ares. Before being killed off by an enemy, Ares gave Kratos the power of the Blades of Chaos to vanquish almost anyone who stood in his way in the name of the gods. After finding out that Ares lied to him, leading him to kill his own wife and daughter, Kratos went on a rampage to enact revenge on all of Olympus.
After realizing that Zeus was his father and wanted to kill him as well, Kratos ended up butchering him and fleeing to the Nordic region. Santa Monica Studio’s God Of War games pit Kratos against Norse foes while he journeys to spread his late new wife’s ashes with his son, Atreus.
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