One could hardly blame SEGA for having an itchy trigger finger poised over the greenlight button for live-action adaptations of their games, following the runaway success of the Sonic the Hedgehog film franchise. Franchise. Franchise. I’m going to take a moment to savour that, to let it roll off the tongue. What a surreal timeline we live in. It ain’t a single movie, it’s an entire brand’s worth of ’em. Roll on number three, I say. But to return to the point: per IGN, the company is looking into TV and movie versions of their wider repertoire of intellectual properties, including those sorted by Atlus. That’s right, we might be within hurling distance of a Persona show.
SEGA and Atlus’ next moves
“Expanding storytelling forms is a new and important part of SEGA’s overall business strategy,” states the report. “This is why we are opening up Atlus’ critically-acclaimed library of games — which includes series like Shin Megami Tensei, Persona, and Catherine — to potential live-action film and TV adaptations.” Something tells me a Catherine movie might be sold in very particular parts of stores, or locked behind a fair few passwords on streaming.
“Atlus’ worlds are filled with high drama, cutting-edge style and compelling characters,” says Toru Nakahara, lead producer on the assorted Sonic multimedia ventures. “Stories like those from the Persona franchise really resonate with our fans and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen — or played — before. Together, SEGA and Atlus are working to bring these stories and worlds to life through new mediums and for new audiences.”
This seems to me that they’re doing an awful lot of dancing around the subject, saying absolutely everything conceivable short of ‘we’re doing this.’ At this point, a Persona 5 adaptation? We’d see it coming.
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