When it comes to video games being turned into film or television series, there’s not a great track record for success. That’s not due to production teams tapping into the video game medium for source material. Instead, these various film and television adaptations are met with plenty of criticism from fans of the original video game IP. However, that may soon change as Sony has revealed that they are opening up a new production team division dedicated to turning video game titles into television series or cinematic films.
We don’t have a ton of information about the productions yet and it was only reported earlier by Hollywood Reporter so more news will trickle down eventually. Apparently, the division is known as PlayStation Productions and it’s being overseen by SIE vice president Asad Qizilbash along with SIE chairman of Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden. While we don’t know what video games are being adapted, the duo feels confident that they can turn the stigma around for video game film adaptations.
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Layden and Qizilbash have been speaking with directors, writers and producers to get an understanding of the industry.
One of the main reasons as to why the Sony team is looking to keep things in house for their productions is that they have an understanding over their IPs. When a video game film is outsourced, it’s up to another team and director to normally attempt to capture an entire game in order to produce a film. However, with Sony, they understand the game and can work with the ethos laid out to provide a great experience.
While we wait for the first few projects to be announced, we want to hear from you. What IPs would you like to see Sony turn into a film?
Source: Hollywood Reporter