Sony richt nieuwe filmstudio op voor het maken van films gebaseerd op games

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We gaan misschien in de toekomst films of series krijgen van Uncharted, God of War en The Last of Us. Sony Interactive Entertainment laat namelijk weten dat er een nieuwe filmstudio is opgericht apart van Sony Pictures,  die zich puur gaat focussen op films en series die gebaseerd zijn op games.

De filmstudio zal PlayStation Productions heten en is gevestigd in Culver City. Aan de leiding van deze studio is Asad Qizilbash en SIE Worldwide Studios-voorzitter Shawn Layden zal alles overzien. De eerste projecten zijn inmiddels al begonnen bij PlayStation Productions. Wat deze precies zijn, verklapt Shawn Layden niet. Wel heeft hij het volgende te zeggen over PlayStation Productions:

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.

While other video game studios, including Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard, have opened film and television arms to adapt their games for a different audience, PlayStation Productions differs both in its deep catalog of content and also in its approach to production. Sony Pictures, a sister company, will help with distribution, but production of projects will be handled by PlayStation Productions firsthand, not licensed out as is the case with similar enterprises at other game companies.

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 film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin Feige to really get an understanding of the industry.

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.