With the wicked success of Detective Pikachu and the Castlevania anime on everyone’s radar, fans are starting to believe in film and television adaptations of video games once again. And Sony is jumping on that bandwagon with PlayStation Productions, a new film and television division at Sony.
On Monday, Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studio, announced the new project during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. This new project will be led by Sony PlayStation veteran Asad Qizilbash, a mainstay in Sony’s marketing department, and they already have projects in the works. The division plans to create their film and television adaptations internally while Sony Pictures Studio will focus on the distribution aspects.
Heavily inspired by the massive success of the Marvel cinematic universe, Layden discussed the wealth of material at PlayStation Productions disposal. With over 100 titles to pick from, they stressed the importance of keeping the properties within the PlayStation family so fans get the ultimate experience. Layden said in the interview:
You can see just by watching older video game adaptations that the screenwriter or director didn’t understand that world or the gaming thing….The real challenge is, how do you take 80 hours of gameplay and make it into a movie? The answer is, you don’t. What you do is you take that ethos you write from there specifically for the film audience. You don’t try to retell the game in a movie.
As of right now, there is no news on what is currently in the works, but hopefully, more information will be released later this week at Collision Conference on Tuesday. In the past, Rachet and Clank have received the adaptation treatment, and rumors of an Uncharted film circulated for years. With such cinematic masterpieces like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Last of Us, it’s hard to say which adaptation we’d like to see first.
So, what is your opinion? What games would you like to see adapted and how? Do you think Sony can deliver? Let us know in the comments below!