Activision Blizzard Studios co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk have outlined their ambitious plans to turn the biggest franchise in gaming into what they hope will be potentially one of the biggest franchises in film – “Call of Duty”.
Speaking with The Guardian, Sher said plans are in place for the multiplayer-centric military first person shooter game series to get its own interconnected cinematic universe:
“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.”
Dyk adds that viewers should expect a fast pace, high intensity feel to all the films which won’t be direct adaptations:
“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.”
Both Sher and Dyk have film experience – she worked as a producer on several Tarantino films, while he was a key exec at Disney during the Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions.
Sher says the plan is, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to have individual franchises that interconnect and a consistent timeline, themes and cross-pollinating easter eggs. The pair are also looking at a TV series focused on historical conflicts such as World War 2 and Vietnam.
Finally, they suggest a first instalment in the series could hit as early as 2018.