There has been a new Call of Duty game every year since the shooter franchise started in 2003, and Activision Blizzard might employ the same release method for its movies and TV series. This is part of the publisher’s plans in creating a blockbuster Call of Duty franchise that will be similar to the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Black Ops and Modern Warfare being the anchor for it.
According to The Guardian, Activision Blizzard Studios is responsible for pushing for a Call of Duty movie franchise, under the helm of co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk. Both of them has notable IPs attached to their CVs, including Marvel, Star Wars, and a string of Quentin Tarantino films. The pair has also mapped out a plan for the Call of Duty movies, which could begin as early as 2018.
“We have plotted out many years. We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going,” said Sher. “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.”
On top of that, the film franchise might even include an Avenger-style crossover, though the movies won’t be direct adaptations of the games. “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,” said van Dyk. He also hopes to emulate Marvel’s “individual universes that interconnect and a timeline that makes sense with consistent themes and Easter eggs”.
And if that’s not enough to satisfy your cravings for blockbuster shooting action, Activision Blizzard Studios might even bring Call of Duty to your TV screens, which will be based on historical conflicts like the earlier titles in the game series.
There seems to be no end to the criticisms associated with movie adaptation of video games, but if the higher ups in Activision Blizzard nail this right, gamers might finally get the entertainment treat that they deserve. Just don’t focus too much on space or jet packs, they hate it.
Source: VG 24/7