Sony’s PlayStation division, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), is taking a surprising turn from games. A new enterprise known as “PlayStation Productions” has been announced, in an attempt to bring its Sony’s video games to film and television. This new enterprise will be headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by the chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden.
Sony Pictures, sister company, will be helping with the distribution of this new media. However, production of all these new TV and movie-related projects will be handled by PlayStation Productions firsthand, instead of having them be licensed out.
When asked by Hollywood Reporter why they went forward with this move, here’s what Layden has to say: “We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming, or film, or television, to give our worlds life in another spectrum.”
PlayStation titles such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, The Last of Us, God of War and many others have grossed billions worldwide, and sold millions of copies. With a library of more than 100 original titles across genres, PlayStation Productions itself has tons of content ready for adaptation.
When it comes to focusing on film or television, Qizilbash says it depends on the title. “Ultimately, the story will determine the format. We want to bring our IP to the medium that best honours the property.”
Is PlayStation the only one working on projects like this?
PlayStation isn’t the only one that has been working to take their game franchises from console to the big screen. Microsoft has teamed up with Universal to adapt Gears of War, and with Warner Bros. to adapt Minecraft. Nintendo has also mentioned working with Ilumination Entertainment on an animated Mario movie.
All in all, PlayStation’s new venture sounds exciting. We can’t wait to see what PlayStation Productions will be putting out in the coming years!