PlayStation Productions is a new division of Sony Interactive Entertainment with the task of adapting PlayStation games into films and TV shows, The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday. Heading up the new studio will be Asad Qizilbash, who was vice president of marketing for Sony Interactive Entertainment of America, according to the report. Overseeing the studio will be Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, The Hollywood Reporter said.
This is not the first time a game company has gotten involved with the production of movies based on its games. Both Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard created their own divisions dedicated to aiding in the adaption of their games, which ended up being Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft respectively. However, having the game creators involved in the production didn’t seem to help win over critics for both films.
The new PlayStation Productions will reportedly work with Sony Pictures for distribution of the new batch of movies and TV shows. There was no mention in the report on whether the, which is still in production, will continue with Sony Pictures or make the jump to PlayStation Productions.
Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Qizilbash, in response to a tweet about the story, said “Looking forward to making quality, authentic content the PlayStation community will be proud of.”