Fresh off the success of Unexplored and sonic the hedgehog 2 respectively, Sony and Sega are planning film adaptations of even more of their franchises. Deadline reports that Sony is developing Days gone for the big screen, while Sega says it is developing adaptations of Channel 5 Space and Comix area.
These join a dizzying number of adaptations currently in development or production by Sony alone, including Gran Turismo, Ghost of Tsushima, Jack and Daxter, The last of us and God of the war. As it stands, the number of upcoming projects listed by other studios on the Wikipedia page for movies adapted from video games is almost half of the total number of films ever historically released in the genre. Notable upcoming projects also include films based on Minecraft, Five nights at Freddy’s and Solid metal gear.
The The day has passed the Sheldon Turner adaptation is said to be in development within the film division of Sony Playstation Productions (separate from Sony Pictures), with Foreign star Sam Heughan currently in consideration for the lead role of Deacon St. John.
Meanwhile, Barry Battles and Nir Paniry are credited with writing the story for Channel 5 Spacewhich involves “the story of a hapless fast food worker who is recruited by a freedom journalist from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of viral dances idiots”.
Mae Catt, credited for writing young justice and spin-off series How To Train Your Dragon Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms is attached to write Comix area. Currently, the plot follows a “jaded comic book creator and young queer writer of color who, when sucked into the latest issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from sow total destruction”.
It’s worth noting here that just because these adaptations are “in development” doesn’t guarantee they’ll definitely happen, only that Sony and Sega would like them to. There is no mention of a potential release date for any of the three projects.
It’s unclear what audiences might be for movies and TV shows based on more obscure video games. Neither Channel 5 Space neither Comix area are familiar names in the same way as sonic the hedgehog is and the days gone by sales pale in comparison to Unexplored four entries.
Still, it seems like video game adaptations are getting a lot of extra love these days. Provided these projects are actually released and well received, we could be on the verge of reliving a video game movie. Let’s just hope the next (and currently untitled) Mario movie does a better job than the 1993 one. Super Mario Bros. monstrosity.