From The Console To The Small Screen
Video games are taking over our small screens: Sony Pictures Entertainment just confirmed in an investor briefing call that the publisher is working on series adaptations of the video game titles Horizon Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo. It’s also been confirmed that a God of War TV show is in the works, with Amazon having snatched up the streaming rights for the popular action-adventure title. This announcement adds three new TV shows to the long list of video game adaptations coming to streaming services soon…
Three Sony game franchises are getting TV shows
According to Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra, the company is working on a TV series based on the popular action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn. Streaming giant Netflix has acquired the TV rights to the game that sees the clever young huntress Aloy face the Machines, large robotic dinosaur-like creatures, in a post-apocalyptic wilderness. As confirmed by Sony, the racing game Gran Turismo will also be turned into a TV series and is said to currently be in early development. While Netflix has snagged the rights to Horizon, a distributor for Gran Turismo is yet to be found. So it’s not clear yet, which streaming service the show will be coming to.
Along with the announcement of the Horizon and Gran Turismo TV series, Sony has also revealed more information on the previously announced show based on the action-adventure game God of War. The existence of the adaptation first came to light back in March, and it has now been confirmed by Sony and PlayStation that Amazon has landed the streaming rights and will be bringing the show to Prime Video. Apart from the announcements, no details as to what these shows might look like have been revealed.
A pipeline full of video game TV shows
The reveal of Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo and God of War being adapted to TV shows is barely surprising, given the fact that the streaming companies have been snatching up video game IP left and right. There is already a whole slew of adaptations in the works, with the Halo TV series starring Pablo Schreiber as the legendary video game character Master Chief being the latest example that hit Paramount+ in March and just wrapped up its first season – with the second one already confirmed.
More video game adaptations are underway, with Sony’s zombie game Last of Us coming to HBO, a Twisted Metal adaptation in the works at Peacock and the samurai adventure Ghost of Tsushima getting its own feature film. Netflix is also working on a Bioshock movie, while Amazon has a Fallout series in the works. The next TV series based on a game will be Netflix’s Resident Evil, set to release in July, while release dates for most of the aforementioned series are yet to be confirmed.
A long history of sharing IPs
Hollywood borrowing existing video game IP and vice versa isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Adaptations of games, movies and TV shows have been around for decades. The video game Raiders of the Lost Ark from 1982 was the first adaptation of its kind, turning a movie into a game. Many games and movies have since followed, as worlds created by Hollywood and the game industry continue to inspire each other. These types of adaptations can even be found in more traditional games, such as casino games. Developers of online slot machines make use of modern technology to create new game experiences and keep things fresh. To help new players get to know their game libraries, game platforms offer no deposit bonuses that allow new users to try out the library of games for free via free spins and credits. Some of the best-rated sites have games inspired by movies and TV shows on offer. Slots such as the Mad Max, Gladiator, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones online slots show, how game, movie and TV show IP gets shared and copied continuously in all genres. From Star Wars video games and James Bond shooters to movies and TV series based on League of Legends, Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania and many more, Hollywood and video games continue to collide.
Video game enthusiasts are in for a treat with a whole list of game adaptations coming to streaming services. With TV shows based on Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo and God of War confirmed, even more games are coming to the small screen.
From The Console To The Small Screen Video games are taking over our small screens: Sony Pictures Entertainment just confirmed in an investor briefing call that the publisher is working on series adaptations of the video game titles Horizon Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo. It’s also been confirmed that a God of War TV show
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