PlayStation continues to push into TV and film with a Horizon Zero Dawn Netflix series


Sony continues to pull out all the stops to turn its flagship video games into TV shows and movies – according to Varietythe company announced that it was making a show based on Horizon Zero Dawn with Netflix at an investor event. Sony is also working on a movie based on the Gran Turismo series, according to Deadlinebut has not yet found a distributor and could introduce Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) as a director. (I am very curious to know what is the plan of this series – Variety just says it’s going to be “race”.)

Both projects are said to be in “early development”, so we probably won’t release them for quite a while. However, the fact that Sony continues to introduce new television and film projects shows that the company is quite determined to expand the PlayStation brand beyond hardware and video games.

PlayStation Productions currently has several other projects in the works (10 in total, according to Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra). It would work on:

It is a lot major franchises, and some of the projects have heavy hitters attached. Oscar Isaac will play Solid Snake, Pedro Pascal will play Joel, Bella Ramsey will play Ellie and Ghost of Tsushima is run by one of the people behind the John Wick movies. And, of course, the recently released Unexplored film starring Hollywood’s golden boy, Tom Holland. PlayStation Productions isn’t dipping its toes in cinematic waters; it’s diving head first.

This news also shows that Sony is continuing its strategy of collaborating with different streaming companies – it seems that no matter what you subscribe to, the company wants to make sure that you will be able to watch at least something starting its video game characters (or , like, cars in the case of Gran Turismo). During its investor briefing, Sony said “highly competitive streaming wars” were good for the company.

This isn’t the only move the company has made to expand the PlayStation brand beyond the audience of people who buy consoles. On Wednesday, the company announced that it also wants to significantly expand its gaming presence on PC and mobile.

Updated May 26, 6:15 p.m. ET: Updated to reflect Deadline’s story that the Gran Turismo project is a movie instead of a TV show.


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