We recently discussed how video game-to-film adaptations usually fall through the cracks with rare exceptions, such as the Five Nights at Freddy’s film adaptation finding a director recently. Call of Duty is another property that’s been simmering in Hollywood for almost a decade, but it seems that dormant projects like this are starting to come back to life.
Variety says that the multi-billion dollar juggernaut has allegedly found a director in Stefano Sollima: an Italian film and TV director who’s currently working on the action-packed film Sicario 2: Soldado, featuring Josh Brolin and Benecio del Toro. Activision Blizzard Studios – a fairly new division that has worked on the Netflix series Skylanders Academy – would be developing the Call of Duty movie with a script penned by Snowden writer Kieran Fitzgerald.
There have been talks among Activision Blizzard Studios’ presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk about developing a cinematic universe for Call of Duty in an interview with The Guardian, which would connect disparate films inspired by the likes of Black Ops and Modern Warfare with potential ideas for a Band of Brothers-esque television series. As for Sollima’s supposed involvement with a film helmed by him, details are currently nonexistent as the division declined to answer Variety.
If you’d like to see how Activision has applied a more cinematic approach to Call of Duty’s marketing, check out Ben Hanson’s previous interview with Activision and Infinity Ward heads as they discuss the link between movies and video games.
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The rumors indicate that this cinematic universe wouldn’t pull any characters or major plot elements from the video games. That’s somewhat disappointing, but the general idea of a tightly connected military universe sounds interesting if risky since Call of Duty has always struggled with making players attach to protagonists. However, it’d be cool to see connections similar to how Treyarch wove together elements from World at War and the Black Ops series.