Variety has reported that Activision Blizzard Studios has hired former ‘Black Panther’ writer, Joe Robert Cole, to write the sequel to the first Call of Duty movie, which has yet to be released.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima was hired to direct the first Call of Duty movie.
Activision Blizzard Studio has not yet announced the cast or details on the first Call of Duty movie, but Variety reports that the studio wants the second movie’s script to be ready to go as soon as the first movie goes into production next year.
Activision Blizzard Studios is already getting the gears turning on a sequel to “Call of Duty,” tapping “Black Panther” scribe Joe Robert Cole to pen the upcoming second installment.
The studio hired “Sicario 2” director Stefano Sollima earlier this year to helm the first film, which is an adaptation of the popular video game, and even though a cast hasn’t been assembled, the studio wants a sequel script ready to go as soon as the first pic goes into production next year.
Activision Blizzard Studios presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk are producing, along with Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick. Coco Francini is also producing.
Activision Blizzard Studios officially became an operating division of Activision Blizzard back in 2015, when the company announced the division would release Call of Duty films and possibly TV adaptations overtime. The studio thus far has only released a Skylanders TV show on Netflix, which has been popular thus far. There’s no indication yet on when the first Call of Duty movie could release.
Variety states Activision Blizzard Studios did not respond for a request for a comment.
Report: Call of Duty Movie is no longer a priority for Activision
According to the Stefano Sollima, who was set to be the director of the Call of Duty Movie, Activision no longer sees the movie as a priority for their business in the current moment.
Activision Blizzard announced in November 2015 that they were creating the Activision Blizzard Studios to build and create original films and TV shows around own IP projects.
The only project to see the light of day from the studios was Skylanders Netflix TV show, which has now ended after three seasons with no signs of it coming back.
In a podcast, Sollima said the movie is no longer a priority for Activision Blizzard. He says it’s currently in limbo right now and that it’s on hold.
He says the writer of the Joker movie, Scott Silver, wrote a script for the movie.
Well, the Call of Duty film has remained a bit like this … We wrote the script with Scott Silver, which is what Joker wrote, and let’s say that the idea of expanding the universe, the world of Call of Duty, is cinematographic it is no longer (at the moment) an industrial priority of the group, of Activision … So, trivially, it has stood still, something that happens quite frequently there in America. He remained in the limbo of the “now let’s see” …
The news comes from Italy site BadTaste in an interview with director Sollima.
Call of Duty film director wants Chris Pine and Tom Hardy to star in the Call of Duty film
Metro UK posted a new short interview with Call of Duty movie director, Stefano Sollima, after speaking with him in Milan recently.
In this new interview with Metro UK, Sollima says he would like to have Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max) star as the lead actors in the upcoming Call of Duty film.
“I mean, I like almost everything [he’s been in]. I’m waiting for his Venom. Even in Mad Max, he was great.’
In regards to Chris Pine: ‘He’s tough, but he’s smart and he can have a sense of humour but he can [also] be in such a dramatic role,’ Sollima explained. ‘I like when you feel that an actor can play with different nuances and tone because this means they’re a good actor.’
Activision Blizzard has not commented on this latest news regarding the Call of Duty film. The company did not respond to Variety about Sollima being the director.
SOURCE: Metro UK
‘Sicario 2’ Director – Stefano Sollima – set to be Director of upcoming Call of Duty Movie
Back in 2015, Activision Blizzard announced the creation of Activision Blizzard Studios division to focus on creating movies and TV shows for their own IP. The first content the studio released was a Skylanders TV show on Netflix called Skylanders Academy. The show has been popular that Netflix has renewed it for its third season.
Alongside the TV show, Activision Blizzard announced in 2015 that there will looking at possible Call of Duty Movie ideas as well, and now, it looks like a plan for a Call of Duty movie is moving forward.
Today, sources told Variety that Sicario 2 Director, Stefano Sollima, has been tapped to be the Director of the upcoming Call of Duty movie. A release date for the movie has not been announced yet. Variety also said that plot details for the movie has not been revealed and is still under wraps.
The Call of Duty movie is set to be produced by Activision Blizzard Studios’s Presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, and Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick.
Activision Blizzard did not issue a comment to Variety about this as of now.
Back in 2017, Activision Blizzard Studios’ President’s stated they wanted to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe for Call of Duty with movie series and TV shows. The company has not announced any specific details about their upcoming movie plans for Call of Duty.
Stay tuned for the latest news.
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