Sony Launching PlayStation Productions, Which Will Adapt Games For The Screen

Watch out, Detective Pikachu, Mario, Sonic, and any other mascot video game characters out there. While you may be dominating the video game movie adaptation world in the near future, you aren’t the only ones in the works. Not by a long shot. In fact, it sounds like Sony is about to get a hell of a lot more serious in the near future, as they have launched a whole new studio in the form of PlayStation Productions, THR reports.

According to the outlet, the studio will tap into Sony Interactive Entertainment’s catalog of over 100 video game properties and adapt them for both the big screen and the small screen.

“We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories,” Worldwide Studios at SIE chairman Shawn Layden told the outlet. “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.”

The project will be headed by Asad Qizilbash, who had the following to say on the matter.

“Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves. One, because we’re more familiar, but also because we know what the PlayStation community loves.”

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Unlike other similar devs like Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard, who opened up other film and TV arms, Sony’s PlayStation Productions will be handling the production firsthand, rather than licensing it out to other studios. Sony Pictures will help with distribution. Sound familiar? Maybe a bit like what Marvel Studios did way back in the mid-2000s prior to its release of Iron Man?

That’s no coincidence.

“For the last year and half, two years, we’ve spent time trying to understand the industry, talking to writers, directors, producers,” said Qizilbash. “We talked to [film producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin Feige to really get an understanding of the industry.”

“We looked at what Marvel has done in taking the world of comic books and making it into the biggest thing in the film world,” said Layden. “It would be a lofty goal to say we’re following in their footsteps, but certainly we’re taking inspiration from that.”

Well, if we are going to get these adaptations either way, I’d much rather they came directly from the source. Maybe they’ll actually start to nail it down as a genre.

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