Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio which will adapt the gaming giants catalog to film and television. The new division, as reported by TheHollyWoodReporter will be headed up by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden.
The studio is already in production from its base in Sony Studios, Culver City.
“We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories,” Layden told the site. “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.”
“Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves,” Qizilbash added. “One, because we’re more familiar, but also because we know what the PlayStation community loves.
“For the last year and half, two years, we’ve spent time trying to understand the industry, talking to writers, directors, producers,” says 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,” says Layden. “It would be a lofty goal to say we’re following in their footsteps, but certainly we’re taking inspiration from that.”
Layden hopes that Sony will be able to create adaptions which are better than others have managed to date.
“You can see just by watching older video game adaptations that the screenwriter or director didn’t understand that world or the gaming thing,” added Layden. “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.
“It has to stand up as a great movie or TV show,” he says. “This is a passion project for me. To be the first gaming entity to do something lasting and meaningful in a completely different medium is something I’d like to see us achieve here at PlayStation Productions.”
We certainly hope Sony can pull this off. It’d be amazing to have fantastic TV Shows or Movies based on Uncharted, God of War, The Last of Us and the many more IPs Sony has in its back catalogue.