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Cory Barlog, director of 2018's sublime God of War reboot, has said he'd absolutely love to see the franchise adapted into a Netflix-style TV series. Following the massive success of shows like Castlevania and The Witcher*, Barlog shared his belief that the adventures of Kratos and Atreus could work equally well if adapted for TV.
To be clear, Barlog was simply sharing his own "hopes and dreams," and wasn't slyly teasing an impending God of War Netflix series in any way. "BTW This is not a hint or anything," the director quickly clarified. "I just believe that games would make great TV shows because you spend so much time with the characters in fantastic worlds."
(At least, I think so)
- Cory Barlog :vulcan: (@corybarlog) January 27, 2020
An official God of War series might be a way off becoming a reality then, but the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Barlog's initial tweet certainly proves there's an appetite for such a show. The thread quickly filled up with dream casting and suggestions of where a series starring Kratos could go.
Predictably, everybody still wants to see Jason Momoa or Dave Bautista as Kratos, which... yeah, I guess I back. Personally, I think that if/when Sony chooses to greenlight a God of War series, it should throw a real curveball and cast someone like Jim Broadbent as the Ghost of Sparta. Imagine the reaction.
It also seems to me that most people want this idyllic God of War show to be live-action... but I'm backing animation all the way. I mean, just think about what a truly epic, fantastical series God of War actually is.
You'd need a blockbuster movie-level budget to really bring the world to life in live-action, whereas animation could really, fully embrace the mythical monsters and brutal brawls that we all love. It could also go a lot harder on the gore, which is something we'd all be expecting. A God of War show would pretty much have to be R-rated, wouldn't it?
This is, of course, all academic right now. There's every chance that someone, somewhere at Sony is currently drawing up tentative plans for a movie or TV show based on the God of War franchise, but we're unlikely to hear about any such project until it looks like it could actually become a reality. Otherwise you end up with an Uncharted situation, and that's just embarrassing for everyone.
*Yes, Netflix's The Witcher is based on the books and not the CD Projekt RED games, but we know Henry Cavill took inspiration from the games for his performance as Geralt so... there.
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