Yesterday, Sony announced it is launching PlayStation Productions, a spin-off from its movie company Sony Pictures, that will focus on turning games into movies.
Presumably, the studio will be focusing on bringing the worlds of Sony first party titles onto the big screen. No games have been announced as of yet, but we already know that movies based on The Last of Us and Uncharted are in the works. A new studio dedicated to developing films based on PlayStation games opens up massive potential. Days Gone? Horizon Zero Dawn? Killzone? Wipeout? Parappa the Rapper? God of War?
Sony has a wide range of video game IPs under its belt, covering a massive expanse of genres, so there’s a lot of potential for PlayStation Productions. It means that all production will be done in-house at Sony, and not licensed out to third party film studios. Presumably, it’ll mean working (or at least consulting) with the teams who actually made the games, meaning any movies can be the best cinematic representations possible.
This is something that’s been in the works for a long time, it would seem. According to the BBC, Sony has been liaising with producers, directors and writers for “the last couple of years” in order to get the best understanding of the industry as possible.
Does this mean that the next generation of video game movies will actually be good? Pokémon: Detective Pikachu may have bucked the trend, but at this point it’s pretty much expected that a film-of-a-game is going to be badly received. Sony’s clearly taking the market seriously though, and being a massive name in both films and video games gives the company an advantage.
Sony has given no idea as to when we’ll start seeing projects from PlayStation Productions, but we’re interested to see what the company has up its sleeve.