During Activision Blizzard’s Investor Day Call, Activision Blizzard has announced that they have created an all new studio – Activision Blizzard Studios – to develop film and content based upon their IPs. In the announcement, they have stated that they are developing a movie for the Call of Duty franchise, which is set to see its theatrical release in 2018/2019.
Another near-term initiative for Activision Blizzard Studios will be the development of a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare remains the number one-selling title on next-generation consoles and today marks the launch of the highly-anticipated new Call of Duty®: Black Ops III. Activision Blizzard Studios envisions a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.
This all new studio’s co-president is Nick van Dyk, who was the Senior Vice President of corporate strategy and business development at The Walt Disney Company and chief strategy officer at Artisan Entertainment. His partner in leading this studio will be announced at a later date.
“Activision Blizzard Studios has the unique advantage of starting with a library of world-class intellectual property that includes some of the largest franchises which have not yet been developed in film and television,” van Dyk said, adding, “Activision Blizzard Studios is not just an exciting new business for our company, it is a synergistic complement to our core business. Our movies and shows will benefit from the remarkable IP created in our games and will further increase the awareness of, engagement with, and passion for our franchises.”