It seems like just about every studio and streaming platform out there is clamoring to get their hands on a video game adaptation. You have the second Sonic movie coming out, The Last of Us for HBO, a Halo series, the Mario movie, a Fallout show, and so many more. The live-action God of War also appears to be in the early stages of development, with reports indicating that Amazon will be handling the adaptation. This means fan-casting is in full swing, with Dave Bautista being an early fan-favorite suggestion. Inevitably, fan casting leads to some pretty cool fan art, and this image from @83pixelstudios doesn’t disappoint:
The fanart depicts Dave Bautista as the protagonist of the God of War games, Kratos. Kratos is a warrior of Sparta and an agent for the Greek God of War, Ares. During his servitude to Ares, Kratos is tricked and accidentally kills his own family. He is sent by the other Greek gods to kill Ares, leading Kratos to become the God of War himself. The first three mainline God of War games and their spin-offs were heavily based on Greek mythology. However, the most recent entry to the series, God of War (2018) followed Kratos years after he left Greece. In the new games, he has a son and lives in ancient Scandanavia, where he faces threats from the Norse pantheon of gods.
If Dave Bautista is indeed cast as the Ghost of Sparta, it’s not clear yet what games the show will end up adapting. If they want to get as many seasons as possible out of the story, they’ll likely want to start from the very beginning. That gives them three games of material to adapt before taking on the Norse sequels. However, though the story from the original games is interesting and the gameplay is acclaimed, the story for the most recent entry is considered one of the best stories in gaming. They may want to hit the ground running and adapt what is widely considered the best game in the series. After all, they could always go back to the original games after adapting the Norse saga and bill it as a prequel. Plus, they have plenty more material for the Norse saga coming up.
God of War Ragnarök is officially coming out in 2022 and has been announced to be the ending of the Norse story. With the first season of the God of War series not even filming yet, this would give them plenty of time to learn the story from the upcoming game and turn it into another season. Either way, it will be interesting to see which route they go and if they can make a TV show that makes both casual audiences and fans of the games happy.
Whether Dave Bautista is cast or not, plans for the series seem to be well underway. In addition to the Prime video rumors, the creators and executive producers of The Expanse, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and The Wheel of Time executive producer and showrunner Rafe Judkins are rumored to be heading up the adaptation. We’ll just have to wait and see as more news comes in.