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Kaos - What We Know So Far

The customs, iconography, and folklore of ancient civilizations have been mined time and again in contemporry pop culture, from Mary Shelley positioning "Frankenstein" as a modern re-telling of the Prometheus myth in 1818, to the hybrid Egyptian mythology of the "Stargate" franchise, to the works of contemporary YA adventure authors like Rick Riordan. It's a well that Netflix has reached into before, to great success — Norway's "Ragnarok," Brazil's "Invisible City," and the Greek-inspired American anime series "Blood of Zeus" are all examples of successful fresh takes on ancient myths that have been released by the streaming platform so far.

In that sense, a big-budget, culturally ubiquitous live-action Netflix reimagining of Greek mythology has been a long time coming. And that's just what "Kaos" promises to be. An original creation of "The End of the F***ing World" mastermind Charlie Covell, "Kaos" was instantly met with a huge amount of buzz back when it was first announced in 2018. But where does the show stand right now, a full three years later? Here's what we know.

Does Kaos have a release date yet?

In short: No.

Like every production that hit the COVID-19 pandemic speedbump, the journey of "Kaos" to screens has been a rocky one. The show was originally announced by Netflix on June 10, 2018, when Deadline and other outlets reported that it had been given a straight-to-series 10-episode order. 

More than a year went by without any further details, until creator Charlie Covell sat down with the Radio Times in October 2019 to dish further on her latest brainchild. At the time, Covell said the development stage of production was going smoothly, and added that "we should be filming late June next year, and then it would be on screen 2021, I hope." Of course, then the pandemic happened, shutting down all film production in both the U.S. and the U.K. for the better part of a year. "Kaos" did eventually get an official Netflix details page set up in April 2020 (via Pop Sugar), but no more official production info has been shared since, nor has any news emerged on the state of the shoot.

We do know that most of the film and TV shoots slated for 2020 were only able to begin filming this year. With that in mind, it's highly likely that we won't be getting "Kaos" this year. But, considering Netflix was confident enough in the state of the project to set up an official page for it, we can feel reasonably safe betting on a release sometime in 2022.

Which characters will be in Kaos?

Plot details on "Kaos" are still rather vague. Star-crossed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, of the famous myth about the musician who rescues his wife from the underworld only to lose her again, are the only specific figures of Greek mythology to have been nominally confirmed as characters. However, considering the show is dividing its time between the realms of "the Gods, the Earth, the Underworld," as Charlie Covell explained to the Radio Times, it's highly likely that Hades, king of the underworld in Greek myth, will be figuring in somehow, and the same can be said for the major deities known as "Olympians" — Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and then either one or both of Hestia and Dionysus.

As casting goes, meanwhile, that's the one department in which there's the littlest information on "Kaos" available out there. And by "littlest," we do mean "none." Neither Netflix nor production companies All3Media and Brightstar have made any casting announcements yet. But, given the show is a British production, it's very possible that it will be favoring across-the-pond stars as opposed to American ones — in which case Netflix, known for sometimes working with a "repertory company" of returning actors (via Variety), would have an ample bench of European stars to pick from, thanks to shows such as Covell's own "The End of the F***ing World." But that's only baseless speculation for now.

What will the plot of Kaos be about?

Although the amount of information on "Kaos" going around is still limited, with Netflix not yet having started an official publicity campaign, we do know a fair bit about the show's thematic aims. Described on its official Netflix page as a "genre-bending series" that "puts a modern twist on Greek and Roman mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power and life in the underworld," "Kaos" is set to be an ambitious high-fantasy epic of the sort TV has become so adroit at giving us in the post-2010s era.

Indeed, for anyone wondering just how ambitious "Kaos" is going to be, Charlie Covell described it to the Radio Times as "hopefully [having] a kind of Game of Thrones scale." In terms of what that scale will actually be for, however, Covell has promised something more in line with her past work, adding that "tonally it should [feel] End of the World-y, in terms of its humour and its soundtrack and the look of it. One of the big steers for me was the Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet as a look."

The idea of a "Game of Thrones"-level blockbuster with "End of the F***ing World"-level bite is plenty enticing on its own, but Covell's brief description of the plot is even more intriguing: "We start with Orpheus and Eurydice, the gods are like a massive dysfunctional family[,] it should be funny and dark and sad." All told, "Kaos" seems to have the makings of another big winner for Netflix. 

Now, let's just hope they give us more details on it soon.