Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Release: December 13, 2010 - February 21, 2011
Director: Kim Young-Joon, Kim Tae-Hoon, Hwang Jung-Hyun
Producer: Jung Tae-Won
Writer: Kim Hyun-Joon, Yoo Nam-Gyung
Country: South Korea
Athena: Goddess of War
Sometime in the near future, the Korean peninsula attempts to reunify. The South Korean government, which needs enormous funds for the unification to succeed, develops a landmark new technology called the TWR. The TWR is a high speed nuclear reactor and other countries want the technology.
- "Athena: Goddess of War" (taken after the mythological goddess of war) is a spin-off of the 2009 KBS2 drama "IRIS" with new characters and will be aired on SBS.
- Production company Taewon Entertainment, responsible for the original "Iris", will produce "Athena: Goddess of War" and the upcoming "IRIS 2" (KBS2 will air the sequel to IRIS sometime in 2011).
- Filming for "Athena: Goddess of War" is expected to start in June 2010. Locations will include 6 different countries including Singapore, New Zealand and Japan.
- On April 15, 2010 it was announced actress Lee Ji-A will play NTS (National Anti-Terrorist Service) agent Han Jae-Hee. Her character is described as strong physically, beautiful, & the perfect special agent. She is somewhat the anti-thesis of double agent Yun Hye-In (Su-Ae) who will be calm & cold. Both ladies will have relationships with main characters Lee Jeong-Woo and Son-Hyeok.
- "Athena: Goddess of War" will takeover the SBS Monday & Tuesday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by drama "Giant" and followed by "Midas" on February 22, 2011.
- Actors Jung Woo-Sung & Jung Chan-Woo were injured on January 23rd, 2011 while filming for "Athena: Goddess of War". The scene was being film on location at a parking lot in Kyungwon University. Actor Jung Chan-Woo was driving a car which he lost control of on melting snow. Jung Woo-Sung attempted to avoid the car and injured his right knee, while Jung Chan-Woo need stitches for cuts on his head. Jung Woo-Sung wil take 2-3 days break from filming before returning to the series. Episode 14 originally scheduled to air on January 25th will air the following week. In its place, on January 25th, SBS will air a special "Athena - Soo-Ae's Secret" (스폐셜-수애의 비밀).
- "Athena - Soo-Ae's Secret" (스폐셜-수애의 비밀) will consist of narration by actress Soo-Ae and features cut out scenes + making of the drama "Athena: Goddess of War" + interviews.
- Related titles:
- IRIS (KBS2 / 2009)
- IRIS: The Movie (2010)
- Athena: Goddess of War (SBS / 2010)
- IRIS 2 (KBS2 / 2013)