Activision Blizzard Studios is planning to turn Call of Duty into a ‘Marvel-esque’ cinematic universe that may launch in 2018. The race to make the first universally liked video game movie continues. There was hope at the start of 2016 that after all these years, things would change, but both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed left much to be desired. There may still be rumblings that both could see sequels, but even then expectations would be incredibly low. Now, the attention has turned to Tomb Raider, The Division, or even Splinter Cell to right the ship, but there is another new hopeful player.
Call of Duty has been one the most successful videogame franchises since its launch in 2003, so it is no surprise that a movie adaptation is something that would be discussed. Activision Blizzard Studios was founded back in 2015 and teased the introduction of Call of Duty on the big screen, and they have their ambitions set high.
The Guardian spoke to co-presidents of the studio, Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, about the future films being planned. They are currently working at not only one film, but also finding enough ideas to fill a cinematic universe, and they’re using Marvel and Star Wars as examples.
Sher: 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 Dyke: 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.
Both Sher and van Dyke confirmed that they have multiple drafts complete and are in the research phase to make these movies as lifelike as possible. If everything goes according to their rough plan, there is a very real possibility that the Call of Duty Cinematic Universe could be launched as soon as 2018. Van Dyke specifically is drawing inspiration from his Disney roots and hopes to fill this universe with Easter eggs and maintaining a consistent theme throughout the various adaptations.
With a premise as broad as war, if the Call of Duty movie franchise gets off the ground, there is no telling what exactly it will contain. If the studio pulls from the games, going back to previous wars is an option, as is adapting Modern Warfare and Black Ops to bring a variety of different war films to life. If this universe does take off, they could eventually move on to Advanced Warfare, or even take a stab at zombies and bring one of their most popular game modes to life for a feature length film.
However, even with these endless possibilities and the backing of the game studios as well, there will be no cinematic universe for Call of Duty unless the first film is a success. Even though they may have plans for more, hopefully they are concentrating on getting their first film right.
Stay tuned for future updates on the Call of Duty Cinematic Universe.