Sony Interactive has announced plans to form a production company called Playstation Productions, which will work to adapt Sony's video games for TV and film.
The production company will be housed in the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.
"We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Worldwide Studios' Shawn Layden, who will partner with Playstiation Productions, told The Hollywood Reporter. "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.
"Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves," added Asad Qizilbash, who will oversee Playstation Productions. "One, because we’re more familiar, but also because we know what the PlayStation community loves."
"We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touch points with our franchises," said Layden. "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. Ultimately, the story will determine the format. We want to bring our IP to the medium that best honors the property."
"This is a passion project for me," Layden explained. "To be the first gaming entity to do something lasting and meaningful in a completely different medium is something I’d like to see us achieve here at PlayStation Productions."