Activision Blizzard Studios has revealed plans to develop a shared cinematic universe for the long-running video game franchise Call of Duty.
The studio led by Stacy Sher and former Disney exec Nick Van Dyk announced when it was founded almost two years ago that it would begin developing original television programming as well as feature films with plans for Call of Duty being teased.
Finally, it seems as if a Call of Duty film franchise may actually come to fruition as Shery and Van Dyk have opened up about their plans to the first-person action shooter to life on the big screen.
In a recent chat with The Guardian, Sher explained that the studio has already developed multiple scripts with long-term plans to produce films that take inspiration from the popular video games beginning as early as 2018:
“We have plotted out many years. We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going. There’ll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story. The Modern Warfare series looks at what it’s like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you. And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on.”
Van Dyk also added that the films themselves won’t be exact adaptations of the games but rather a Call of Duty film in the vein of a Marvel styled film:
“It’s going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it’s not a literal adaptation. It’s a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope … a big, tentpole Marvel-esque movie.”
The former Disney exec explained that Activision Blizzard Studios is taking the Marvel approach to “these individual universes that interconnect and a timeline that makes sense with consistent themes and Easter eggs”.
In addition to a film franchise, the studio is also looking to bring Call of Duty to television taking the property back to its roots with a series set during World War II as well as Vietnam. It’s unclear whether or not these would be two different show’s or possibly an anthology series.
Rather than the hollow video game adaptations we’ve seen thus far, the studio seems to be interested in producing well-written, well-directed content with big names attached as Van Dyk once again cited Marvel as a source of inspiration:
“If you look at Marvel, they started working when you had Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, and real film-makers on board as well. What I think made The Avengers so great was the writing and directing. You cared about those characters. If you just chase the empty blockbuster, and have nothing to say in the genre, forget about it.”
Van Dyk also recognized the vast library of content at their disposal but said the studio will first focus on “existing current franchises.”
So what do you think? Would you be excited to see a Call of Duty movie? Which games in the franchise would you like to see them take inspiration from? Are there any other games at their disposal you’d like to see adapted such as Starcraft or even a Diablo film? Let us know in the comments below.
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Source: The Guardian