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Prime Video is considering a TV series adaptation of ‘God of War.’

Sony’s Santa Monica Studio’s God of War franchise spans seven games across four PlayStation consoles. The first God of War game was released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 as part of the action game series. Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior, is at the center of the story, on a perilous journey to exact revenge on Ares, the Greek God of War, after killing his loved ones while under the deity’s influence. Kratos, after becoming the ruthless God of War himself, finds himself constantly in conflict.

God of War, PlayStation’s flagship action-adventure franchise, is making its way to television. According to sources, Prime Video is in discussions to produce a live-action TV series based on the massively popular ancient mythology-themed game.

Prime Video is considering a TV series adaptation of 'God of War.'

This would be the latest big deal for a TV show based on a popular video game title in a brisk streaming market for gaming IP. Twisted Metal, another SPT/PlayStation property with a series order and Anthony Mackie starring, has been picked up by Peacock. The high-profile PlayStation game-based series The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, is coming to HBO. Netflix is developing a Resident Evil TV series, and Paramount+ is about to launch Halo.

The Expanse creators/executive producers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, as well as The Wheel of Time executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins, are said to be behind the series adaptation, as are Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions, which collaborate on all TV series based on PlayStation games. Sony and Amazon Studios, which will almost certainly co-produce, did not respond.

Amazon Studios has been especially aggressive in this space. It has the upcoming TV series Fallout from Killer Films, starring Walton Goggins; it is developing a Mass Effect series adaptation; and it recently closed a first-look deal with dj2 Entertainment to develop TV series based on gaming IP.

Following several titles on various PlayStation consoles such as the PS3 and the handheld PSP, Santa Monica Studio breathed new life into the franchise with the 2018 PlayStation 4 game. Kratos travels to the Norse wilds, where he has a second chance at fatherhood with his son Atreus. The game took home a slew of awards at the 2018 Game Awards, including Game of the Year.
God of War: Ragnorok, the eighth God of War installment, is in development for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 and is expected to be released this year.

Fergus and Ostby shared an Oscar nomination for co-writing Children of Men, and they also co-wrote the script for Iron Man, which launched Marvel Studios’ box-office dominance. Judkins has a Marvel connection as well; he was a writer-producer on ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Alexandra Del Rosario assisted with this report.

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