With the success of gaming adaptations like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Uncharted, Halo, and the LEGO Star Wars on the big and small screens, Sony Pictures revealed plans to adapt even more gaming properties.
A recent investors' meeting revealed three more adaptations heading into production, including a joint venture with PlayStation Productions to bring Horizon Zero Dawn to Netflix. However, audiences may have to wait a while before they can watch Aloy in her adventures on the popular streaming platform.
Sony announces Netflix series based on Horizon Zero Dawn
During the investors' meeting on 26th May 2022, Sony announced three new television projects for development in its presentation. While the documents only revealed two of these projects, live-action adaptations of Twisted Metal and Ghost of Tsushima, the third announced project is Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn.
Sony IR - 3 positives in the presentation 1) Horizon (Netflix), God of War (Amazon) and Gran Turismo in TV development 2) 2 live service games coming in FY3/23 are not Destiny and 3) PC gaming revenues will surge 3.8x in FY3/23 (which I think relates to live service games) #sony— David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 26, 2022
According to gaming and entertainment insider David Gibson, Sony will be teaming up with Netflix to bring Aloy and her world to life. Additionally, Sony announced plans for a God of War and Gran Turismo adaptations following the success of the Sonic and Uncharted films this year.
As of writing, details on the Horizon Zero Dawn project are pretty scarce; however, it will be interesting to see whether the series will include events from the first two Horizon games or provide an origin story for Aloy. Similarly, it will be interesting to see who would be cast as the titular character.
The presentation further revealed how much competitive streaming services have spent developing and producing original content over the last few years. The presentation mentioned Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Apple+ spending $11.15 billion combined in 2021, a massive increase from $1.17 billion spent in 2017 alone.
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Sony projected that box office earnings are "forecasted to recover" by 2023, which declined in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. It's also worth noting that it has recovered slowly in 2021 and 2022, respectively; however, Sony aims to release new IPs to (hopefully) dominate the box office and TV ratings next year.
The announcement of a planned Horizon Zero Dawn TV series joins a robust list of confirmed projects, including The Last of Us, which will premiere on HBO sometime in 2023. The series, which is currently in production, will star Game of Thrones alumni Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie.
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