Video game publisher Activision Blizzard has set “The Hateful Eight” and “Erin Brockovich” producer Stacey Sher to team with former Disney exec Nick van Dyk to run their Activision Blizzard Studios division.
The co-presidents will spearhead development of film and TV titles based on Activision and Blizzard properties including “Call of Duty,” “Skylanders,” “Diablo” and “StarCraft”. Blizzard will self-finance development of its games, but partnerships with studios and outside financiers are being explored.
van Dyk says in a statement: “We’re operating on parallel tracks, developing and exploring partnerships. We might take financing from third parties but we aren’t reliant on it. We will control the IP and we now have the capability to do whatever we need to. We are starting with this huge treasure trove of over 1000 properties whose fan base is unbelievably huge. And we’ve seen in the past few weeks what can happen when a fan base gets excited.”
This marks the latest attempt by a major games company to develop film and TV spin-off projects in-house in an effort to exert more quality control. Activision Blizzard has made an exception with Duncan Jones’ upcoming “Warcraft” film which Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures will release on July 10th.
Source: Activision Blizzard