Upon completing the third and final instalment of the Modern Warfare sub-franchise in the Call of Duty video game series, fans were loathing for a movie to be made, but that sadly wasn’t meant to be.
With the release of a next-generation batch of games set in the future and incorporating ridiculous features such as exoskeletons, double jumping, seeker grenades and the ability to run across walls, the franchise has moved as far away from its roots as possible and alienated fans of the originals.
This has been in favour of a sci-fi Halo-esque shooter, with the emphasis wholly on online multiplayer and expansion packs.
More than five years have passed since Modern Warfare 3 won critics over and perfectly finished off the MW era of the franchise, but now the creators have hinted there may be a movie in the process of being created, which fans are hopeful will follow the storylines of Modern Warefare’s 1 through 3, as opposed to the awfully made Advanced Warfare, Black Ops and Infinite Warfare titles respectively.
It is universally known however that there aren’t many video game movies that are successful, with key points being missed or stories and characters completely changed for the Hollywood effect. With that in mind, Activision Blizzard have set up Activision Blizzard Studios, a production company exclusively for film and TV – with a view to creating accurate movies based on their video games.
As head of production for Activision Blizzard Studios, they have Stacey Sher, a woman with a very impressive back-catalogue.
She was nominated for two Oscars and was the producer of Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained as well as Matilda, World Trade Centre and Out Of Sight, meaning that Call of Duty is in good hands. When asked what her plans are for a potential Call of Duty movie, she said:
“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.
“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.”
There have been a handful of successful video game to movie converts including Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Resident Evil. We trust that movies under the control of the well versed Stacey Sher will be a success and cannot wait to see what she and Activision-Blizzard produce.