Like it or not, the Call of Duty franchise still remains one of the biggest media entities in the world. The annual franchise has made a lot of waves in the gaming world, ushering in modern trends and setting the standard for FPS games everywhere. It also had a storied past, with there being entire trilogies dedicated to a single narrative and big-name Hollywood actors lending their talents for whichever telling of war. It’s only natural that they were planning on cutting out the middleman and just making a Call of Duty movie and that is precisely what Activision Studios is planning to do. However, they want to make sure that get it just right and that it’s not another tragic entry into the already populated list of botched video game movies.
Tim Kilpin, head of Activision’s Consumer Products Group, was asked in an interview with MCV if making a Call of Duty movie is a risk and he replied with the following:
Anytime you take a franchise as storied as this, with this kind of legacy, and expand it into a new form factor you have to be really careful, you’re absolutely right. So frankly, if
the script and the story isn’t right we won’t do it, it’s not one of those situations where someone is saying ‘I don’t care just get it made!’ that’s not what’s happening. We do think that if it’s done well it has the opportunity to expand the base audience, beyond the traditional foundation that the game appeals to.
Kilpin also enlightened us about the overarching goal of the movie:
As an M-rated game it’s a core audience and we do think there’s an opportunity to reach a little more broadly than that, if the storytelling is done well, that’s the key
It’s a healthy perspective to have. Rushing something out of the gate simply to have it there is precisely why there are so many terrible video game movies. Granted, Call of Duty has the easiest plot for a movie in the history of filmmaking. It’s literally a war movie. They can just copy Saving Private Ryan and call it a day if they want to, but it’s good that they’re not just jumping into this with the express interest in making some quick profit. It’s Activision as well, they have more money than some countries out there, so they can afford to make sure it’s something good.
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