Amazon's making a God of War show from Children of Men, Iron Man writers

God of War
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At some point it might be easier to write a news post for every property that Amazon isn't making a TV series out of. God of War is joining the company's massed ranks of upcoming TV projects with a show based on the latest, sad-dad iterations of the games.

Variety reports that the God of War series will be helmed by Rafe Judkins, who you might know from his work as a writer and producer on Amazon's Wheel of Time. The show's description is pretty much a straight retelling of the plot of the 2018 game (which came out in January this year for PC players): "When his beloved wife dies, Kratos sets off on a dangerous journey with his estranged son Atreus to spread her ashes from the highest peak—his wife’s final wish".

It feels like a bit of an ouroboros to order a TV series of a game that took so many of its weighty, serious cues from prestige TV already, but it looks like Amazon thinks its whizzbang team can breathe new life into the story. Alongside Judkins, the show will enlist Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus—who worked on Children of Men, The Expanse, and Iron Man—as writers, so there's reason for cautious optimism. I mean, they also helped write Cowboys & Aliens, but we all have our off days.

A bunch of videogame people are joining the project as well, including numerous faces from PlayStation Productions and Sony Santa Monica, God of War's developer. Most notably, Cory Barlog—God of War's game director—will be attached to the upcoming show as executive producer.

Sony, Amazon, and PlayStation Productions bosses all put out basically-identical statements that say pretty much what you'd expect them to say—they're all various flavours of excited and honoured to take part—so I won't transcribe them here. Still, God of War is one of PlayStation's most precious properties at the minute, and I imagine the preponderance of Sony people on the production staff is an indication that the company is real keen to keep a firm grip on the direction and quality of Amazon's final product.

Amazon has so many videogame-related TV and movie things going on right now that I'm starting to lose track. Aside from God of War, the company is working on projects based on Fallout, Mass Effect, Blade Runner, Disco Elysium and Life Is Strange. Oh, and ToeJam & Earl, which is being worked on in partnership with the NBA's Steph Curry. Folks, if you've got a screenplay you've been working on, you might want to send it Amazon's way. Those guys seem to be down for whatever right now.

Joshua Wolens
News Writer

One of Josh's first memories is of playing Quake 2 on the family computer when he was much too young to be doing that, and he's been irreparably game-brained ever since. His writing has been featured in Vice, Fanbyte, and the Financial Times. He'll play pretty much anything, and has written far too much on everything from visual novels to Assassin's Creed. His most profound loves are for CRPGs, immersive sims, and any game whose ambition outstrips its budget. He thinks you're all far too mean about Deus Ex: Invisible War.