Now that the Persona games are finally coming to new consoles, the Atlus franchise could reach a new audience. Perhaps this is why Sega is now showing interest in taking the video game series to new forms of entertainment, specifically getting a live action movie or series type for Persona.
The information comes from Toru Nakahara, producer of the live action Sonic movies. In an interview with IGN he expressed how Sega is exploring the possibility of bringing Persona into a flesh and blood adaptation:
“The worlds of Atlus are full of high drama, cutting-edge style, and compelling characters,” Nakahara told IGN. “Stories like those in the Persona franchise really resonate with our fans and we see an opportunity to expand their story like no one has seen, or played, before… together, Sega and Atlus, are working to bring these stories and worlds to life through new media and for new audiences.
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For now there are no rumors of projects of this type. Sega will most likely want to explore the idea with a studio after the games arrive on new consoles, starting with Persona 5, which will land on Game Pass, Xbox, PlayStation, and the Switch in October of this year. One reason for doing so is that the shipping costs can give more value to the licenses in case the Publisher and the studio want to negotiate an adaptation with a Western production company.
In recent years, adaptations of video games to live action have become one of the most frequent and, strangely enough, most successful products. It is a trend that we see in Netflix that has productions like ‘The Witcher’ and which was later accompanied by ‘Halo’ by Paramount and soon by ‘The Last of Us’ by HBO Max.
Of course, we hope that the Persona franchise gets a better deal than the Sonic franchise. Although the films have been successful in terms of box office, the story of Persona deserves much more care than that of a film with a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If anything, any adaptation can take notes from Persona-inspired anime (both the good and the bad).