Call of Duty is one of the biggest video game franchises going. It sells annually in numbers that makes other games look puny in comparison – and its publisher Activision has seemingly got its eyes set on milking that cash cow even further.
Speaking to The Guardian, Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk (Head of Activision) spoke about the future films being planned out;
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.
On the one hand, it’s admirable that Activision see’s the potential in the franchise beyond the video games. Let’s be fair, they’ve been increasingly moving in this direction – with the use of Hollywood actors like Kit Harington jumping aboard the payday train.
On the other hand, Call of Duty might not translate to the big screen in a hugely successful way. The franchise relies on huge amounts of mature themes and, given that there’s a huge number of under-age players populating its online servers, it’s not clear quite who these films would be aimed at.
At the end of the day, we have Marvel to thank for this situation. Every studio wants their own movie universe now, and it seems we’re nowhere near the end of this trend.
With all that being said, I’d totally watch a movie version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Would you want to see a cinematic Call of Duty universe?