It was always just a matter of time before Activision decided to turn the millions of dollars they generate from selling Call Of Duty video games into hundreds of millions of dollars from making Call Of Duty movies. If anything, it's quite surprising that we've not had concrete confirmation of that fact already.
Now, Activision have unveiled plans to expand their COD media empire with a MCU-like expanded universe of movies.
Activision Blizzard Studios was set up in 2015, and plans for Starcraft and Diablo movies were initially revealed (which are mostly quiet, as it happens), and now they're turning their hand to the behemoth military franchise.
In a new interview with The Guardian, studio boss Stacy Sher revealed the plans:
"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."
Studio founder Nick Van Dyk added that "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."
Don't expect to see the plots of the games redone though - the plan is to have an expanded universe of war films inspired by the games, with expertise from retired soldiers and military consultants. Hopefully, they'll employ great directors and writers as a priority too, because the idea of a Michael Bay-style world of explosions and bravado is not something the world needs.
Unfortunately, that's probably exactly the world COD's primary demographic would buy most into.
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