Amy Hennig, the director and author of Uncharted 1, 2, and 3, in addition to Jak 3, Battlefield: Hardline, and Visceral’s cancelled Star Wars game, is launching a brand new video games studio. Hennig has joined Skydance Media, the corporate that produced such movies as Mission Impossible Fallout, Gemini Man, Annihilation, and Terminator: Dark Fate. She will oversee the corporate’s new recreation growth label, working alongside her former Electronic Arts co-worker Julian Beak. This information comes by way of a report from VentureBeat, and Skydance has since issued a press release welcoming Hennig and Beak on board.
Thrilled to announce that I’m becoming a member of the Skydance inventive workforce in a enterprise to discover new frontiers in interactive storytelling! https://t.co/TFgRK2iYen
— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) November 18, 2019The interactive media panorama is regularly altering and Amy and Julian are inventive and visionary leaders of this evolution,” mentioned David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media, in a press release. “Together, we will create within this new sphere the same type of event-level entertainment experiences that Skydance is known for in features and television.”
In a press release to VentureBeat, firm CEO David Ellison says that the pair have been employed as a result of “the interactive media landscape is continually changing and Amy and Julian are creative and visionary leaders of this evolution.” Hennig, whose first credit score is 1989’s ElectroCop, says that her studio will make video games geared toward each conventional avid gamers and “non-gamers,” and can work on “story-focused experiences” for “both traditional and emerging streaming platforms.” Hennig left EA after the closure of Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space sequence, and the cancellation of the Star Wars recreation she was engaged on. At Skydance Media, she says, she met “kindred spirits” who believed in her work.
Hennig says that, whereas they have not settled on precisely what they’ll work on first, she’s going to tackle an “interactive showrunner” position, whereas Beak will function an government producer on their titles. Her goal is to work as “a storyteller” along with her video games. She believes that the studio will stay “small and focused” underneath her supervision, engaged on smaller titles.
Skydance Media has some involvement in video games already, and are engaged on The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, in addition to their earlier VR title Archangel. The firm courted controversy earlier this yr after hiring disgraced former Disney/Pixar animation chief John Lasseter, who left the corporate after allegations of sexual harassment arose. Lasseter’s hiring finally led to Emma Thompson exiting a movie produced by the corporate.