In a new interview with The Guardian, Activision Blizzard Studio Co-Presidents discussed their initial plans and vision for how they want to develop the Call of Duty cinematic universe, and try to resemble the inter-connected universe that Marvel has created.

Back in 2015, Activision Blizzard announced a new division, Activision Blizzard Studios, which would create TV shows and movies based off of Activision Blizzard’s owned IPs. In their original announcement in 2015, Activision Blizzard stated that they are working on a Call of Duty movie, which was slated for a 2018/2019 release.

From the November 2015 announcement:

November 2015 announcement

Speaking with The Guardian recently, both Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, co-presidents of Activision Blizzard Studio, have been tasked with creating this cinematic universe for Call of Duty. They have stated that work on multiple different scripts for a Call of Duty movie is already in the works, including working on extensive research with military and soldiers on how they story should be.

Stacey Sher previously worked in high value production roles on Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and more.

“We have plotted out many years,” Sher said to Guardian. “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.”

Nick van Dyk, co-president, previously worked as a senior executive at Disney. At Disney, he played a big role in working to acquire Marvel and Star Wars brand into the Disney family. Now, working as the co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, he plans to use some of what Marvel does in creating an interconnected universe for Call of Duty.

“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.” Dyk stated. “These individual universes that interconnect and a timeline that makes sense with consistent themes and Easter eggs”.

Activision Blizzard Studios is also interested and working on creating Call of Duty TV series that focuses on World War II and the Vietnam war. The Guardian reports that their focus in this TV-show series is to try and interconnect worlds how Marvel does with their Netflix based TV shows.

“We have a very rich library,” says Van Dyk. “I would say our first order of business is existing current franchises, but there an incredible opportunity to have these hundreds of games that have huge huge followings and tremendous nostalgia. If you look at Marvel, they started working when you had Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, and real film-makers on board as well. What I think made The Avengers so great was the writing and directing. You cared about those characters. If you just chase the empty blockbuster, and have nothing to say in the genre, forget about it.”

Thus far, Activision Blizzard Studios has released one TV show on Netflix based upon Skylanders, Skylanders Academy. The TV has reportedly been a hit, with Netflix already ordering a third season to debut in 2018.

SOURCE: The Guardian (feature image also via Guardian) 

  • Qwayze

    I think Call of Duty personally would work better as a TV series than a movie

    • jt3z

      True but i dont see what story they would go with.

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    • AcePhoenix007

      Agreed. I don’t think Call of Duty can be put into a 2+ hour movie.

    • RdJokr

      Depends on what they want to base on. A normal COD campaign could work for a movie. But things like Zombies, Extinction, etc… any co-op mode would work better as TV shows, since they can create suspense between each episode, exactly how they do with spacing out the maps.

    • jordanxbrookes

      I could see there being numerous Seasons and epic finales. Find Makarov was a really cool fan made insight into the potential it could have if done right.

  • Tested

    I think they should focus on making good games again, Instead of making movies.

    • Keshav Bhat

      Activision Blizzard Studios makes these movies, which is separate division inside of Activision Blizzard. Nothing to do with the game developers.


    strange noses these people have… hmmm

    • are you insinuating what i think you are insinuating?

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        you know it

  • Just copy 13 Hours, slap CoD on it and you got your money doubled.

    • Elite Predator

      If they use their ideas from their past Call Of Duty titles will be enough.

    • Elite Predator

      They’re already going to make movies and have sequels in place. They’re also going to make TV shows with World War II and Vietnam. Should be exciting.

  • If it’s anything like the live action ads they make i am going to squeal like a girl in excitement. Seriously the BO3 and AW ads were top fucking tier quality wise, i hope they make it first person like Hardcore Henry, that movie was amazing.

  • Michael Romo

    I mean the storytelling in COD is phenomenal. I can’t think of one campaign that I DIDN’T love

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    • Johtoboy

      Character development in supply drops only.

    • Aaron

      Sorry it will probably be cosmetics only

      • Aaron

        There is also going to be DLC storylines for the movie

        • VH Hunter

          I believe that can actually happen

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  • if you’re going to make a CoD movie, PLEASE PLEEEEASE at least make it R-Rated, i don’t want another assassin’s creed…

    • PDX Guitar Freak

      I hope so too! But i doubt it will happen… that would limit the audience too much

      • that’s what if fucking hate about video game adaptations nowadays is that more often than not, the games that are adaptated are rated M for mature, which is 17+ But, because too many parents don’t know a damn thing about the ESRB, they buy Mature games for their tween kids. Therefore, you got a big “fanbase” that is underaged. The Movie studios know this, so they make the film PG-13, which castrates the essence of what made the games great in the first place! Now sure, you got your resident evil movies, your Doom movie and Agent 47 that are R-rated, but those games came out in the nineties and 2000, Call of Duty on the other hand became really popular in 2007 and has gained even more popularity and is one of the most mainstream franchise in gaming, like Assassin’s creed… Those movies are doomed to fail…

    • Jeez, that movie was so bad. Glad I didn’t see it in a theater.

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  • PDX Guitar Freak

    Ever notice that movies based on video games are always a few years too late? I guess that’s just the development cycle and how long it takes to properly plan big movies. Fortunately, there’s still a big fan base with COD, but it still feels a few years too late.

  • Tao

    Pre-order the ticket to get 10 free rare supply drops!

  • Michael Romo

    The entire movie would just be high-pitched ringing and us looking at the characters’ hands