Over the weekend, the New York Post reported that Sony was considering a merger of their gaming and film divisions, with Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House gaining oversight of the studio. “There is talk they are going to merge SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment) with PlayStation,” their source said.
The New York Post adds that Sony’s film division is struggling, and sits at #5 in box office receipts this year, while the gaming division is succeeding.
A spokesperson for Sony Interactive Entertainment has stated that their no truth to the rumors.
This is nothing but baseless rumor and speculation. There are no plans for Andrew House to oversee Sony Pictures.
It’s a bit interesting that the New York Post would do a post on this as they are a big source of news and it looks like Sony made them look a bit stupid with what he said. Who knows what will happen with Sony in the future, it maybe in their best interest to keep it the way it is as it would most likely be a problem if they combined. That would mean more work for Andrew House and he has a ton of work to do on his part at PlayStation.
Sony Pictures is currently working on Uncharted movie and the company has acquired the services of Shawn Levy to direct the Uncharted movie.
Those who don’t know, Shawn Levy had been the executive producer for Netflix breakout series Stranger Things, and he also directed episodes of the series and will also direct episodes for Stranger Things season 2.
Levy has also produced the upcoming Denis Villenueve-directed Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
Sony Pictures has also acquired the services of Joe Carnahan for writing the latest draft of the script for the Uncharted movie. Joe Carnahan himself wanted to direct the movie but could not do it because of his busy schedule as he is set to direct Bad Boys 3.
Sony Interactive Entertainment recently announced that the PlayStation 4 has now surpassed 50 million units sold as of December 6. The company also confirmed it had the best Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation.