Building up cinematic universes that weave together the plotlines and characters of various standalone movies seems to be the big new push in Hollywood these days. Now, Activision is tossing their hats into the ring by saying they want to create a similar universe for the Call of Duty franchise.
In order to help bring the Call of Duty cinematic universe to life, Activision has formed a new subsidiary called Activision Blizzard Studios which is being led by two film industry luminaries: Stacey Sher, who helped to produce films like Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and Nick van Dyk, a former executive producer for Disney.
As co-presidents of the new subsidiary, Sher and van Dyk will help get the Call of Duty cinematic universe off the ground and build it up over the course of multiple films, a few of which are already in the planning stages according to a recent interview with the pair from The Guardian.
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 Dyk: “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-
In addition to movies, Sher and van Dyk are also looking into a possible Call of Duty television series that would be set in a historic period like World War II or possibly Vietnam, though nothing is set in stone at this time. It’s also still a little too early in the process to be discussing launch dates, but both Sher and van Dyk are confident that the very first Call of Duty movie could be released as early as next year if things go smoothly.
For more on the latest Call of Duty news, be sure to check out the second DLC pack for Infinite Warfare, learn why fans want Prop Hunt to be a permanent addition to Modern Warfare Remastered, and catch up on the rumors that Black Ops 2 may become backwards compatible soon.