The trailer for the big screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game franchise Warcraft just arrived today, and that’s just the beginning of the video game company’s foray into film and television.
The larger parent company Activision Blizzard has just announced the creation of Activision Blizzard Studios, which will oversee screen adaptations of some of their most popular video game titles, beginning with a Call of Duty movie and a Skylanders TV series. Read More »
Looks like Activision likes the way Ubisoft is doing business.
Not in the video game space; there, Activision has Ubi beat. But when it comes to creating movies based on original game titles, Ubi seems like it has a good thing going. The company started handling development of game to film projects via an internal division, and that led to projects such as Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, among others. (Well, it’s led to the possibility of those projects. We haven’t seen the films yet, and there’s no guarantee they’ll be good.)
Now there’s a report saying that Acitivision is in the early stages of creating its own internal film development studio. Read More »
The Call of Duty franchise is consistently successful because gamers expect a certain level of quality. Beautiful graphics, impressive sound, tight gameplay and expansive multi-player action are all hallmarks of the series. In recent years, too, they’ve come to expect big budget, live-action TV commercials directed by and starring some of the best in the business. Guy Ritchie directed a commercial with Robert Downey Jr.; Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill did one; and Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel pitched the games. Now, with Call of Duty: Ghosts hitting shelves later this week, a brand new commercial has been released with similar star power.
James Mangold, whose latest film The Wolverine recently crossed $400 million internationally, directed a new spot featuring a cameo by Megan Fox. Check it out below. Read More »
In 2007, Activision changed first person shooters forever with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The fourth game to carry the “Call of Duty” name, it was the first set in modern times. The release became a cultural phenomenon, due in large part to its incredibly exciting online multiplayer experience Since then, the release of each subsequent game has been met with the kind of fanfare usually reserved for the biggest summer blockbusters. Call of Duty became a video game mega blockbuster, grossing billions of dollars.
The franchise is so well-known, in fact, that a movie based on it seems like a slam-dunk. A new article profiling the head of Activision, however, may ease the minds of COD fans around the world worried about what a film would look like. A Call of Duty movie is not something Activision is interested in. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
2012 didn’t want for long-awaited blockbuster releases, what with The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit all opening this year. But the one YouTube visitors spent most time poring over, it turns out, wasn’t a movie at all.
The website has released its list of the 10 most popular trailers of the year, with a spot for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in first place. And second. And eighth and tenth. Among films, The Dark Knight Rises comes out on top, though Skyfall makes a strong showing as well. Meanwhile, NBC’s Revolution was the only TV show to make the cut. Read the complete list and watch all ten trailers after the jump.
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Activision is going to make a mint with the latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty, Black Ops II, so it can afford to spend a mint making and promoting it. In addition to the general slate of talent assembled to created the game (which includes screenwriter David S. Goyer and musician Trent Reznor) the company went big with a new commercial to make sure every possible buyer knows about the game.
Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) directed a clever and fun TV spot for the game featuring an appearance by Ritchie’s own Sherlock, Robert Downey, Jr. The spot plays up the title’s online gameplay aspect, and the constant competitive one-upmanship it engenders. There’s even a nod (or two) to that other big-screen franchise that Downey anchors. Read More »
Kevin McKidd deserves to be a bigger star than he is. The Rome and Journeyman star has been on Grey’s Anatomy for the past year or so, but even that’s not enough to get me watching Grey’s again. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players will know him as the voice of Captain “Soap” MacTavish, and it’s that hook into the franchise that makes us pause a bit when he starts talking about a Call of Duty film. We’ve known for a while that a CoD movie is coming eventually, but McKidd’s recent comments to PopWrap hint that perhaps it may be coming along sooner, rather than later:
‘They were looking for a rough, Scottish actor in Hollywood they probably couldn’t get Gerard Butler, so they got the No. 2 Gerard Butler, me. I had no idea it would be so huge, and now there are talks of a feature film,’ he revealed to PopWrap. Then came the kicker, when asked if he would be bringing Soap to life in the movie, he said, ‘if the script is good, and Gerard isn’t available [laughs], then absolutely.’
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 by David Chen
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.
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Trademonk has discovered that Activision has filed a trademark to protect the video game property Call Of Duty in relation to “pre-recorded movies featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure, music, theatrical performances and/or animation.”
You might recall, in May Activision Blizzard CEO refused to comment on if a Call of Duty movie was in the works, despite trade rumors that the video game publisher was shopping the idea around in Hollywood. Well the new trademark filing seems to confirm that a feature is in some form of development.
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Not only are Activision negotiating to translate their Guitar Hero game into a reality TV series and/or a concert tour (Heropalooza?), The Hollywood Reporter are telling us that the video game company have set up deals for a World of Warcraft picture, as we already knew, and a Call of Duty movie, which is new news to me.
The CEO of Activision Blizzard refused to comment to the Hollywood Reporter on either Warcraft or Call of Duty but as well we know the official line is no more dependably credible than the unofficial one. My first question about this film would be one of tone, however. Can a serious war film retain credibility when tied to a videogame license? Or, perhaps more to the point, will a studio believe the supposed audience for a videogame adaptation would stand the sort of integrity and moral sensitivity that prevents war movies being hollow, exploitative dross?
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