Activision Blizzard have announced they’ll start rolling-out adaptations of their game franchises on the big and small screens, with the newly formed Activision Blizzard Studios according to Polygon.
The most interesting aspect is their plan to release a Call of Duty movie in 2018 or 2019, along with a potential television series. Going even further to suggest it’s own cinematic universe, considering the different time periods and franchises involved it’s not a stretch.
Activision Blizzard Studios’ projects include an animated Skylanders TV series and development of a “robust cinematic universe” based on the Call of Duty franchise.
As for Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard said it envisions “a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.” The company said it expects its Call of Duty feature film to hit sometime in 2018 or 2019.
Some are suggesting that Modern Warfare or Ghosts would be the logical choices for a film adaptation, but those feel more like better suited to a television or stream format, while the more popular Black Ops series already has roots with the film community. Since, Black Ops 2 had David Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade, Dark Knight) writing it and Oscar winning composer Trent Reznor adding his touches as well.
The next likely candidate would be the ever popular Zombies storyline that is carried out within the Black Ops releases via zombie mode, which could lead to multiple movies taking cues from the many different maps/characters used in that franchise alone. I could see the WWI/WWII crew getting their own films, along with stuff like Mob of The Dead and Sledgehammer Studios’ Exo Zombies getting adaptations as well.
It would be kind of nutty if they didn’t attempt the Treyarch Studios properties first, as fans have embraced them the most and could have the larger appeal to a wide audiences, the other games might feel more like the many other studio military films we’ve seen before.
The more futuristic titles like Advanced Warfare and the just released Black Ops 3, could also be appealing due to their massively sci-fi bend to them. Neill Blomkamp‘s films highly influenced those games, so the new studio asking him to get involved wouldn’t be that surprising.