A Call Of Duty Cinematic Universe!?
[UPDATE] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made over 550 million dollars worldwide in it’s first weekend of release! So that’s a thing.
Activision Blizzard Entertainment is having a pretty fantastic month. First they purchased King Digital Studios for 5.9 billion dollars. That’s correct. The makers of Candy Crush we’re purchased for more money than Microsoft paid for Minecraft (2.5b). That’s nothing compared to this infinitely more interesting statistic: Disney paid 4 billion for Lucasfilm! Candy Crush is worth more than Star Wars!?
The company followed that up with Blizzcon where they announced updates to Blizzard’s biggest franchises including World of Warcraft and Starcraft.
But Activision/Blizzard’s announcements went way beyond the world of video games. They also debuted the first trailer for Duncan Jones’ Warcraft.
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Then they dropped the biggest announcement of them all by officially launching Activision Blizzard Studios. This new venture will oversee all movie and television productions for all of their properties.
The biggest of which is the immensely popular Call of Duty franchise. The series is finally heading to the big screen but Activision isn’t merely planning a single adaptation. They plan to build an entire cinematic universe based on the games!
Activision Blizzard Studios co-president Nick van Dyk immediately addressed the inevitable comparisons to Marvel’s cinematic universe:
“The Call of Duty IP is much greater than the core IP of Marvel. Our players spent 14 billion hours last year of playing and viewing our content. To put that in perspective, that’s more time spent watching every movie released last year in every movie theater in the world. That’s why we’re pretty excited to address this demand.”
Time will tell if this new universe can exist alongside Marvel, DC, Star Wars, X-Men, Transformers and more but I’m willing to bet that it can. Call of Duty is one of the most cinematic video game franchises there is. It may be challenging but a shared universe of war films hasn’t been done and I’m excited to see what’s possible.
Warcraft has the best chance to end the video game curse in years. It looks amazing. Thanks to Activision Blizzard Studios, will we also see Destiny, Diablo and Starcraft films in the future? Including Call of Duty, that would round out my top 5.