When your exclusive library is known for delivering some of the most memorable stories in gaming, it seems like wasted potential to only put those projects out to those with PlayStation consoles. Sony’s chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is inclined to agree. Layden announced that he’s tapped Asad Qizilbash to oversee the newly launched PlayStation Productions.
PlayStation Productions will be an in house production studio aiming to adapt Sony’s numerous video game properties into television and film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Layden and Qizilbash explained their strategy, and why now was the perfect time to make the leap.
Layden explained that “We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories. 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.”
Qizilbash stated it makes more sense for Sony to handle the production that to sell the rights to their properties, saying “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.”
The duo confirmed that Sony Pictures will handle the various television and film series distribution, but all productions will remain under the PlayStation Productions banner. Layden also confirmed that work has been long underway within the new studio to learn the ropes, as Qizilbash revealed, “For the last year and half, two years, we’ve spent time trying to understand the industry, talking to writers, directors, producers. We talked to Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin Feige to really get an understanding of the industry.”
Layden directly nods towards Marvel’s as justification to create PlayStation Productions. “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. It would be a lofty goal to say we’re following in their footsteps, but certainly we’re taking inspiration from that.”
Sony’s chairmen went on to explain why this is a perfect compliment to games for Sony fans. He stated “”We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touch points with our franchises. When fans beat a 40-50 hour game and have to wait three-four years for a sequel, we want to give them places they can go and still have more of that experience and see the characters they love evolve in different ways.”
Neither Layden nor Qizilbash revealed which projects we could expect to see television or film adaptations of first, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of something solid soon. We know an Uncharted movie has been in the works for years now. And an adaptation of God of War based upon the recent soft reboot seems like a no brainer.