ACTIVISION WANTS A CALL OF DUTY CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

By Mauricio Pinzon

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, Co-Presidents of Activision, it was revealed that they have plans for a Call of Duty cinematic universe. This is what they had to say:

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 Dyke: 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.”

First let me say that I am glad more studios are trying to work on movies inspired by video games,  there are a lot of good stories out there that could benefit from this treatment, although so far this genre has been very unsuccessful.  Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed had great potential,  but they were not good movies, the first one relied too much in viewers knowing the game to enjoy it, and the second one tried to stay too loyal to the game.  I am also a little bias here as a successful Call of Duty movie could open the door to a movie from another game franchise under the Activision umbrella, one that is one of my favorite games and that is Destiny.

That being said, calm down Activision.  You have not gotten the first movie out and you are already talking cinematic universe? Concentrate on giving us a good stand alone movie first, once we see that, if it is good,  and fans and general audiences love it, then go with the cinematic universe talk, right now focus on one.  They are also saying that the first movie could come out in 2018. We are already in April and they have very little done to meet that deadline.  From the comments, they have concepts and ideas, but no script.  They don’t have a director or writer lined up, they would have to start production in the next few months and that, I doubt, is happening.

There is also the comment of easter eggs.  If they put too much attention to that,  they risk losing the general audiences, as they will not know what is going on, kind of what happened in Warcraft.  If you go into your movie already planning a cinematic universe,  you are going to be tempted to make that first movie a universe set up, which is a mistake, let the movie be the movie, and not an advertisement for future Ideas, That is what made The amazing Spider-Man 2 fail. Sony wanted to launch the cinematic universe and set up the Sinister SIx movie, and tell the story they wanted in that movie all at the same time and it was a mess. So learn from that. Baby Steps Activision.

Still I am hoping this will be the one franchise that brings us good video game movies.

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