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Video sport adaptations have a famously poor reputation. Stinkers like Assassin’s Creed, Hitman, and Need for Speed have carried out the genre no favors whatsoever, and critics greet the newest game-to-big-screen blockbusters with weary resignation. PlayStation Productions is Sony’s try to proper this ship.
Formed in 2019, the studio is targeted on turning the huge array of Sony-owned video game IP into movies and TV exhibits. They made their debut final yr with Uncharted, which overcame tepid evaluations to gross 4 occasions its finances. Ears have really pricked up with HBO’s The Last of Us. It has already cemented itself as the most effective present at present on tv because it brings Naughty Dog’s brutal post-apocalyptic adventure to reside motion in considerable style.
There’s much more on the means in which from PlayStation Productions, so here’s a full run-down of what’s coming quickly.
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Polyphony Digital’s long-running racing recreation franchise has been a mainstay on Sony consoles since 1997. It has a hard-won popularity for graphical excellence, an obsessive focus on automotive simulation, and pushing technological boundaries. One thing it’s not known for is a gripping story. Eyebrows raised when Gran Turismo was greenlit, to be directed by District 9 and Elysium‘s Neil Blomkamp. The story will observe a teenage Gran Turismo participant with ambitions of becoming an precise race automobile driver. The shoot wrapped in December 2022, and the film is now in post-production ahead of its Aug. 11 launch date.
We lately received a “sneak peek” at the film, and a trailer can’t be far behind. As the sport basically supplies a clean slate so far as a narrative goes, we’re very curious to see the method it turns out. Whatever the case, we’re positive Blomkamp will deliver some amazing racing scenes, so the challenge no less than has that going for it.
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Bend Studios’ Days Gone didn’t hit the heights of earlier Sony first-party releases. Its biker-centered zombie survival action has since picked up a cult following now that it’s widely obtainable on PlayStation Plus and has been ported to PC. Development of a movie adaptation is presently underway, with PlayStation Productions teaming up with Vendetta Productions, and Outlander star Sam Heughan is about to star as Deacon St. John.
We appreciated however didn’t love the game, though the gigantic hordes of Freakers (zombies) should make for a great big-screen visual. Further particulars are considerably unclear, although it appears the shoot will start later this 12 months which means it’ll debut in 2024/25.
Ghost of Tsushima
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Sucker Punch Productions’ 2020 samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima was broadly lauded on release for its gripping story, enjoyable combat, and bundles of Kurosawa-inspired type. The sport already takes heavy cues from cinema, which makes it a straightforward option to adapt to the massive screen. In October 2021, PlayStation Productions introduced that it was in improvement.
John Wick director Chad Stahelski is directing, with Only writer/director Takashi Doscher on script duties. Beyond this, we don’t know much, but presumably casting is already underway to search out someone to play Jin Sakai, and we anticipate a brutal and austere samurai epic. Questions stay over a U.S.-produced samurai film so steeped in Japanese history, though the game was warmly received in Japan. As lengthy as the filmmakers stick carefully to that, it ought to work out. Expect a launch in 2025.
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While all the games we’ve mentioned have been monster hits, Gravity Rush is something of a sluggish burner. The recreation was initially launched in 2012 on the PlayStation Vita (RIP), though it was remastered for PlayStation 4, and the sequel Gravity Rush 2 landed in 2017.
The game stars Kat, a mysterious girl with powers to control gravity, permitting her to walk on walls and fly by way of the air. Though not an enormous vendor, the sport was praised for its imaginative gameplay, strong aesthetics, and great soundtrack. Clearly someone at PlayStation Productions is a fan, as they’ve tapped Scott Free Productions and director Anna Mastro to bring it to the silver screen.
We’re not sure precisely what to anticipate from a Gravity Rush film, although we now have a hunch that it’ll be a smaller-scale project than the above blockbusters. There’s no phrase on a production begin date, so we could additionally be ready a while.
Jak and Daxter
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Naughty Dog’s beloved PlayStation 2 platformer franchise has been dormant since 2009’s PlayStation Portable release, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier. The first three mainline games had been collected in a superb HD remaster set that’s out there on PlayStation 4 and 5.
In February 2022, it was confirmed that Uncharted director Ruben Fleischer could be working on Jak and Daxter with developers Naughty Dog, however we haven’t heard any news since. Smart money says this will be an animated feature quite than live-action, and a resurgence of interest in the franchise might imply that we additionally get a model new recreation.
Don’t expect unique developers Naughty Dog to take the reins. They’ve since moved onto extra brutal territory with The Last of Us and are presently engaged on a mysterious new title. Either way, we’d be very happy to see Jak and Daxter finally return to the spotlight for a brand new generation.
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It’s been eleven years since Twisted Metal final appeared on a Sony console, with the 2012 sport (confusingly titled Twisted Metal) marking one thing of a return to type for the long-running car-combat franchise. Fans will be hoping that the incoming TV present revitalizes curiosity within the video games for the PlayStation 5.
The MCU’s new Captain America, Anthony Mackie, will play John Doe, a driver tasked with delivering a package throughout a post-apocalyptic America whereas being pursued by a gang of bizarre opponents out for blood. Professional wrestler Samoa Joe and Will Arnett will present the body and voice of killer clown Sweet Tooth, with Neve Campbell, Thomas Haden Church, and Stephanie Beatriz additionally within the supporting forged.
The shoot took place in mid-2022 and wrapped that summer. The present is predicted to debut on Peacock later this yr. We suspect we’ll get a trailer and release date soon.
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Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Down and Horizon Forbidden West have been big hits for Sony, with its mixture of future Vikings, a barely recognizable distant future, and armies of robotic dinosaurs making for a stunning technical showcase. In May 2022, it was confirmed that PlayStation Productions and Netflix are teaming up on the TV show primarily based on the games. The Umbrella Academy‘s Steve Blackman will function showrunner.
Production is currently underway beneath the title, Horizon 2074, which may point out that it is a prequel present that’ll show the downfall of humanity lengthy earlier than the occasions of the sport. However, as it’s been confirmed that heroine Aloy will feature, there should be no less than some futuristic parts to the show (we would riot if there’s not a robot T-Rex).
The shoot began in August 2022 in Toronto and is expected to wrap in late March, meaning this could doubtlessly arrive on Netflix in late 2024.
God of War
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Santa Monica Studios’ God of War sequence is one of Sony’s largest franchises. The recent God of War: Ragnarok was met with universally constructive evaluations and delighted players. Soon after its launch late last yr, PlayStation Productions announced that they have been teaming up with Amazon Prime Video to bring Kratos’ story to streaming.
Right now, particulars are skinny on the bottom, although it seems the story might be based mostly on the Norse mythology seen in the latest video games. All developments on this might be rigorously scrutinized, specifically on who’s solid as Kratos. Christopher Judge has made the role his own within the video games, however can anybody really fill his shoes in reside action?
The series is being written by The Expanse‘s Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, with The Wheel of Time‘s Rafe Judkins as showrunner. It’s very early in development, though we’re hopeful Amazon will rush this via manufacturing, so we may even see it in 2025.
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PlayStation Productions seem determined to deliver as a lot of their key franchises onto the massive and small screens as attainable, so expect more announcements over the yr. Though most of their heavy-hitters are already confirmed, we’d kill to see motion pictures primarily based on futuristic racer WipeOut, a resurrection of the long-planned Shadow of the Colossus movie (as properly as ICO), and why not toss in an Ape Escape animated film while they’re at it?
We’ll keep this article up to date with each new announcement, however from this lineup alone, it’s clear PlayStation Productions has sky-high ambitions. Whether all (or any) of those motion pictures and TV shows can hit the heights of The Last of Us remains to be seen, but Sony appears to be adamant that if their properties are going to get adapted, it’s going to be carried out proper.