Activision Blizzard Studios Planning CoD Movies & More

Following that Warcraft movie trailer, Activision Blizzard announced over the weekend that they’ve launched a new arm dedicated to making movies and TV out their games. The first celluloid fruit of Activision Blizzard Studios will be a TV cartoon adaptation of the Spyro spin-off series Skylanders, and they’re awfully keen on making Call of Duty talkies too. Oh, if Pip were in today she’d know how to make this funny. Me, I’ll just get a bit carried away hoping they make movies based around Cod Blops 3‘s bee-shooting cyberarm and Jeff Goldblum’s escapades as a phoney wizard in its Zombies mode.

Activision Blizzard Studios is co-headed by former Disney executive Nick van Dyk and a mysterious, yet-unrevealed “senior creative executive”.

Adapting Call of Duty is a “near-term initiative” for Activision Blizzard Studios, the announcement says. They dream of a “robust cinematic universe” with “a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.” Hey, you lot, yeah, you in the suits – if you’re making these, at least do something fun and have them jump from era to era as an anthology series sort of thing.

“Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in the announcement. “With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television.”

He added, “We intend to approach film and television development with the same unwavering commitment to excellence we are known for in game development.”

What Kotick didn’t mention, but I can reveal as an RPS Insider Knowledge Exclusive, is that if you pre-order your CoD movie ticket, you’ll get a whole extra action sequence set in Nuketown. On top of that, see it at an Odeon cinema and your heroes will have unique golden gun skins. Catch it at Cineworld for a flashback sequence with Soap MacTavish visiting his dying ma in hospital, or Vue have an alternate version of that scene replacing the octogenarian with Cara Delevingne.


  1. Nevard says:

    While I can understand Skylanders (much of the popular children’s TV shows of our youth were shameless cash-ins on branded merchandise), Call of Duty is more of a mystery to me. I wasn’t even aware there was anything original about that setting worth selling.

    Now, an Overwatch tv series, that might have had potential.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      At Blizzcon this weekend they showed some bits of a series of shorts the Blizzard cinematic team is working on. (I couldn’t find it on Youtube, so probably behind the Blizzcon paywall.)

    • Urthman says:

      I’m kind of shocked there haven’t been 3 or 4 Call of Duty movies already.

    • Moose says:

      Basically, Black Hawk Down set first in world war 2, then Vietnam, then Iraq, then there near future.

      There hasn’t been anything original in CoD for years, but it still sells ridiculously well. It’ll be 2 and a half hours of bro based pro-US war propaganda released every other year. It’ll probably even have Tom Hardy in it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they even tried it in to game release stories.

      • manny says:

        Yep being pro-american is practically unamerican. Shame on them.

        • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

          There’s a difference between being pro-your country, and vomiting pro-violence propaganda, basically telling everyone in your player base that everyone with a towel on their head is an evil fiend terrorist bastard fuck.

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    Rublore says:

    If they want to do the CoD movies properly, am I wrong in thinking the best choice of director would be Michael Bay?

  3. Eightball says:

    Why does everybody cut off their arms in our Call of Duty Future?

  4. Xzi says:

    Oh god. Now I hope the Warcraft movie bombs big time, so we don’t have to see “CoD BLOPS 12: The Movie” and all the other shit that comes before it.

  5. Hedgeclipper says:

    “…our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television.”

    Nah, you’re taking a living reactive game and turning it into a static celluloid experience, its just about the opposite of ‘coming to life’.

    • Bugamn says:

      Well, recent CoD games felt more like movies than games to me, so that’s no surprise :P

  6. Dominitus says:

    So I guess they can’t make movies based on the Warcraft franchise because they’ve already sold the rights? That’s a shame. But at least now we’re a lot closer to seeing a Blizzard-produced feature length CG movie, which is something a lot of us have wanted to see.

  7. TWChristine says:

    I actually think a CoD movie could’ve worked many years ago. Perhaps a Band of Brothers-esque feel (which the first games kind of felt like a bit if I recall..), but taking that more serious look at the subject matter across the different time periods.

    I think they’ll go for the lowest common denominator now though (as they already have with the games).

  8. Nomaki says:

    My first thought when seeing the announcement trailer for Overwatch – which has a fairly Big Hero 6 vibe – would do really well as a TV series / film, the characters, animation style and vibe would work decently.

  9. Necrourgist says:

    I’m tired of all the negativity towards Call of Duty. Past Moder Warfare, they never set out to be innovative. Call of Duty does what it does best: Tacticool military thriller singleplayer stories and fun multiplayer under 30 minutes per game. You may dislike it for personal reasons, but to write it off as rubbish overall is just unreasonable. Some of you would be the first to throw a fit if an avid CoD fan would rave about how bad your favourite settings and franchises are, yet, its oh sooooo totally okay to hate on CoD? /smh Y’know, if you guys would actually play Call of Duty, instead of frothing at it, you too would appreciate whatever positive things there are to it. For example, the story arc of Modern Warfare 1 – 3 is an excellent military/spy/special forces thriller. Same goes for Black Ops 1 – 3.

    • Necrourgist says:

      *Modern Warfare My soul for an edit button!

    • Necrourgist says:

      TL;DR: Only because Call of Duty doesn’t cater to hardcore PC gamers doesn’t somehow make it okay to be ignorant, intollerant or outright mean towards it and those who play Call of Duty.

  10. DrollRemark says:

    CoD movies. Warcraft movies. Halo movies. Assassins Creed movies. A metric fuckton of identikit Marvel/DC superhero movies.

    Thanks, nerd culture. Thanks a lot.

  11. Hunchback says:

    Oh god, this is so NOT what we meant when we were asking about Blizz made full-lenght movies… !