PLAYSTATION PRODUCTIONS Launches to Adapt Sony Games

PlayStation Productions Launched by Sony to Adapt Video Games for Film & TV

"Layden also noted that PlayStation Productions" partnership with Sony Studios will give it creative freedom while avoiding pressure related to a tight release schedule. While Sony Pictures will handle distribution, everything is going to be handled in house, meaning these will be unique within the landscape of video game adaptations.

Sony has opened up a new production studio called PlayStation Productions, which will focus on utilizing their catalog of games for film and TV. "It would be a lofty goal to say we're following in their footsteps, but certainly we're taking inspiration from that". Studio head Asad Qizilbash notes that "Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves ..."

PlayStation Productions, while under the Sony umbrella, is separate from Sony's main production arm and operates under Sony Interactive Entertainment.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Qizilbash said the team has spoken to a number of Hollywood producers including Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin Feige to get an understanding about the production process and what to expect.

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THR reports that the studio has already started to set up shop and begin its first projects in the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California.

"We've got 25 years of game development experience and that's created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories", Shaun told The Hollywood Reporter. With the launch of Playstation Productions and the box office success of Detective Pikachu, could the era of awful video game adaptations be coming to an end? Layden said. "The answer is, you don't".

Sony has an advantage over other game studios that have tried to turn their successful titles into movies. We've heard all kinds of reasons why this video game movie or the other will break the streak of awful-to-middling adaptations over the years (just see what the best video game movies have managed to come up with), but PlayStation Productions may have the best shot yet.

Qizilbash stated that the story of a game will determine whether PlayStation Productions will choose the format of a film or television series.


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