Sicario: Day of the Soldado director Stefano Sollima spoke with /Film this week about the Sicario sequel. We’ll bring you the full interview at the end of June, but Sollima is attached to a movie based on the Call of Duty video game franchise. During the interview, Sollima explained how Call of Duty will differentiate itself from other video game movies and other war movies.
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Last spring, we found out that Activision Blizzard Studios has ambitious plans for bringing their successful Call of Duty video game franchise to the big screen. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the video game company turned movie studio has years of movies planned, as well as television shows. But they have to begin with one movie first, and it appears they’ve finally found a director.
Activision Blizzard Studios is currently in talks with Sicario 2: Soldado director Stefano Sollima to be at the helm of the Call of Duty movie. That must mean Sollima did a good job with the sequel he inherited from Sicario director Denis Villeneuve. Read More »
Back in the fall of 2015, Activision Blizzard announced the creation of Activision Blizzard Studios, an entertainment company focused on giving their video game titles film and TV adaptations for even more brand recognition in the media landscape. One of the first video games they were hoping to give the multimedia treatment to was the long-running, best-selling Call of Duty series, but we haven’t heard anything since that initial announcement. That changed today.
In a new interview with Activision Blizzard Studios co-presidents Stacey Sher (who has produced several Quentin Tarantino movies) and Nick Van Dyk (a former Disney executive), it was revealed that they have ambitious plans for Call of Duty to become a cinematic universe that spans through multiple films and TV shows, akin to the successful and coveted Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Find out more about the Call of Duty cinematic universe after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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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