The recent surge of video game movies and shows keeps chugging along. Sony has launched PlayStation Productions, a studio that will create film and television adaptations of Sony's back catalog of video games.
The news, via the Hollywood Reporter, means Sony will be working back through over 100 properties for media fodder. Asad Qizilbash will head up the new studio, overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE Shawn Layden. The Reporter says the studio is already in production on its first projects in Culver City, at the Sony Studios lot.
"We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touchpoints with our franchises," Layden told THR. "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."
This isn't too surprising, considering the massive success of recent takes on famous video game properties. Detective Pikachu is on-track to be the top grossing video game movie and Netflix's Castlevania is set for a third season, with producer Adi Shankar already developing animated series of Devil May Cry and Hyper Light Drifter too. There's also the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is a thing that is happening.
Sony's catalog of properties is rich for mining, too. Crash Bandicoot, The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, Infamous, Killzone, God of War are all strong contenders. There is a long list of games that Sony could adapt into film or even a compelling series, like an animated series set in the Gravity Rush universe, for example.
Sony already had an Uncharted film in the works prior to this studio's creation. The project recently picked up 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg and will star Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake.