The world of video-game inspired movies and TV shows is a tainted one. There are a handful of examples that made it work, but those examples are far outnumbered by ones that have fallen flat. In 2019 alone, Detective Pikachu is a great example of it being done well, whereas Sonic The Hedgehog seems all but certain to be yet another example of the method just not working.
Undeterred by the past, Sony is dead set on making a real go of turning some of its top games into movies and TV shows. It has signaled its intent to do that via the launch of PlayStation Products. The new branch has been tasked with turning PlayStation games into other forms of media. While no titles have been announced, the first few projects are apparently already underway, according to Comic Book.
PlayStation's vice president of marketing Asad Qizilbash and SIE chairman Shawn Layden have been put in charge of the project. Qizilbash believes the main reason the concept hasn't been a success in the past is due to game developers putting their faith in the hands of movie studios. Sony believes keeping things in-house is a better option, as developers are more familiar with the games and have a better understanding of what gamers want to see.
In order to get an idea of how to make PlayStation Products a success, Sony sought out advice from Marvel bosses Kevin Feige and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. If anyone knows how to turn one successful medium into another, it's Marvel. The minds behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe have taken comic books and turned them into the most successful movies of all time.
Now that we know PlayStation Products is in good hands, and Sony is serious about the project, we are excited to see what they come up with. A God Of War movie would be fantastic, as would a Last Of Us TV series. Plus, why not bring Ratchet and Clank to the big or small screen in some way? We would certainly go see it should the series be adapted into a movie.