Sony established PlayStation Productions in order to adapt its intellectual properties for television, cinema, and more. The overall concept is to expand the reach of series such as Uncharted and Ratchet & Clank, introducing them to new fans who may end up later purchasing the game. The Witcher’s runaway success on Netflix has already proven that, with a good show, the returns can be astronomical.
And by teaming up with Sony Pictures Television and HBO for the upcoming The Last of Us show, it’s proven that it knows what it’s doing. This is likely to be a glossy, high quality adaptation, with Naughty Dog’s very own Neil Druckmann co-writing alongside Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin. But it’s only the beginning, with more PlayStation Productions projects in the pipeline.
“This is the first of many shows we intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions,” Sony Pictures Television co-president Chris Parnell told The Hollywood Reporter. “The Last of Us is a brilliant achievement in storytelling and character development, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it.”
But what other franchises could be next? There was talk for some time of a live action Twisted Metal adaptation, while the likes of Sly Cooper have always seemed primed for an animated show – in fact, the latter almost happened once upon a time. Do you reckon God of War could be next? Perhaps some kind of Gran Turismo documentary? Share your ideas in the comments section below.