Sony hints that stake its in game developer may lead to screen adaptations

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Sony’s minority stake in FromSoftware may yet lead to film versions of games like Dark Souls or Bloodborne.

Not content with the seemingly ceaseless stream of projects coming out of PlayStation Productions, the head of the Sony division responsible for adapting the company’s popular game titles into movies and TV projects has suggested that more may be on the way.

Hermen Hulst has suggested that Sony’s minority stake in FromSoftware, the popular development studio behind celebrated games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne and the recent Elden Ring, could well lead to screen adaptations of these projects.

Hulst told Reuters that “you should think of collaborations on the game development side first and foremost, but it’s also not unthinkable with our PlayStation Productions efforts that we explore opportunities.”

Given PlayStation Productions’ unprecedented push to develop game titles for the screen, we’d suggest that it’s ‘not unthinkable’ either. The last year or so has seen a head-spinning spate of projects announced by the studio, including the currently-shooting Gran Turismo, Ghost Of Tsushima film, adaptations of Gravity Rush, Days Gone and TV adaptations of the Horizon franchise, Twisted Metal, God of War, not to mention the already-completed take on The Last Of Us and the certainty of a follow-up to this year’s Uncharted. 

With FromSoftware’s Elden Ring shifting some 16 million copies this year, the developer’s games possess the kind of popularity that will surely interest PlayStation Productions as it seeks to single-handedly flood the market with game-to-screen adaptations.

The push marks a wider strategy from Sony as it looks to create a more expansive PlayStation brand that can compete with its cash-rich competitors in the tech landscape. The two companies have a fruitful relationship that spans several years now so we wouldn’t be entirely surprised if we hear an announcement on this one sooner rather than later. We’ll let you know as this story continues to unfold.

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