We recently loved Detective Pikachu, because it avoided sticking too closely to the plot of the 40 hour long Pokémon RPGs, and it seems like Sony and PlayStation may be following a similar path in the near future.
For the longest time, video game movie adaptations have had a bit of a bad reputation.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has established PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's catalog of video game titles for film and television. He added, "It would be a lofty goal to say we're following in their footsteps, but certainly we're taking inspiration from that".
PlayStation Productions, while under the Sony umbrella, is separate from Sony's main production arm and operates under Sony Interactive Entertainment. Rather than shop that IP out to other studios, Layden says that it's better to, "develop and produce for ourselves".
More from Sony and PlayStation Productions will be announced in the future as the unit's first projects begin taking shape, though that may be some time in the future.
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Layden justifies the move, stating: "We've got 25 years of game development experience and that's created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories". It helps that a lot of filmmakers these days are also gamers themselves.
The chairman also added that they are learning from adaptations of the past to figure out what worked and what didn't: "You can see just by watching older video game adaptations that the screenwriter or director didn't understand that world or the gaming thing".
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.
Instead of offering licenses to produce adaptations of SIE's games outside the company, PlayStation Productions will directly produce the works. What you do is you take that ethos you write from there specifically for the film audience. Though the studio didn't detail how many of their projects are aimed for film versus television, Qizilbash said it will "bring our IP for the medium that best honors the property".