Quentin Tarantino's Producer Is Working On A 'Call Of Duty' Film Series
When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 came out and we all completed it as fast as possible, I was absolutely desperate for a Modern Warfare film to come out, incorporating all three of the games. Maybe even a film trilogy with as little emphasis on the final act as possible. They were just so good and I can’t remember being as sad about fictional deaths as I was for Gaz, Ghost and Soap.
Sadly that never happened and then Call of Duty stopped making good games, making it seem less likely that I’d get what I wanted. Just imagine how good All Ghillied Up would be on the big screen…
But I was wrong! The wheels are in motion for Call of Duty films and they’re in very good hands. The film industry has a weird relationship with the game industry as I’m sure you know.
There are basically no good films that come from video games and it’s not much better going the other way. Excluding the likes of universally loved Lego games, you hardly ever get a good game that’s come from film. Knowing this and seeing how films like Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft went down with fans, Activision Blizzard have set up Activision Blizzard Studios, a production company exclusively for film and TV.
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. So Call of Duty is in good hands, at least. But what are her plans? Well…
“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.“
Maybe she’ll finally be able to crack the game-to-film paradox. There’s fewer franchises that could do a better job than (old) Call of Duty so I’m waiting with baited breath.
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