'Call of Duty' trademarked for films

Five months after first hints, Activision registers name of its popular shooter series for use with "pre-recorded movies"; new Modern Warfare 2 trailer inside.

In May, outspoken Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told The Hollywood Reporter that his company was toying with the idea of a reality TV show based on its Guitar Hero series. The same article quoted an anonymous source inside Activision as saying that another of the publisher's megahits, Call of Duty, was "being talked about for the big screen."

The new Modern Warfare 2 trailer shows the White House under siege by a lot more than the press corps.

Now, it appears that Activision has taken the first concrete step toward making a Call of Duty film. According to a US Patent & Trademark Office filing uncovered by the appropriately named blog Trademork, the publisher has trademarked the term "Call of Duty" for use in "pre-recorded movies featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure, music, theatrical performances and/or animation."

Activision's filing was made on September 21 and was still in process at the USPTO as of September 30. News of its existence comes the day after the publisher gave the world a taste of what a Call of Duty movie might look like with a two-minute trailer for Modern Warfare 2. The sneak peek at the game, due out November 10, has a cinematic sweep, with US forces fighting both RPG-wielding guerrillas and Russian terrorists committing an airport massacre. It ends with a literal bang, showing Washington, DC, as a war-torn, flaming ruin.

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343 comments
yoda2287
yoda2287

WTF? A CoD Movie? Can't see it being good. I hate War movies. Whats the point of a CoD Movie anyway? Its just a War game. Why couldn't they just make a War Movie based in WWII? (Or when ever this Movie is set)

wjcj100
wjcj100

Go to modernwarfare247.com to see weapons and MORE!!!!! SPREAD THE WORD

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wjcj100

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TheMercMaster
TheMercMaster

Wait- Let me read the article.. Oh! Never mind! HAha

TheMercMaster
TheMercMaster

I like the Piano in the backround. And why does it look like the people are all choking and coughing? Very cinamatic trailer, too. Anyone else agree with me that they should make a Call of Duty movie, like they are with Halo? (Yeah, it's true. Except it's going to be anime...) Resident Evil did it, too. Except that is pretty much all made in CGI. What do you think? If they made a COD movie, should they make it in CGI or real people?

xialon
xialon

This may look like a diamond of an idea right now, but opening night might just show us that it was a bit of glass all along.

kingNael96
kingNael96

Washington D.C on fire, HOLY CRAP

cjasko94
cjasko94

@ ADTR-ZERO Well unlike most people, I actually enjoy SOCOM: Confrontation.....with the latest patch that is :P @ DeadlyOnez LMAO Obama! Haha I could see him saying that.

DeadlyOnez
DeadlyOnez

lol @ Willceace Yea I bet and you have to pay with points. I wonder if I will receive any achievements for watching

DeadlyOnez
DeadlyOnez

I wonder if Obama will make a cameo! I can see him now "you best be off my property son I aint playing! YOU HEARD!"

spielvorbei
spielvorbei

I guess they know the first weekend that these "Game Inspired" movies show is when they will reel in the fanboys. I don't blame them.

JohnnyBiz
JohnnyBiz

TONS of TRASH-TALKING kids sitting in an auditorium yelling at each other..... THAT is what this movie should realistically be

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

HOLLYWOOD SHOULD NOT DO GAMING FILMS NEVER!!!!!! PLEASE STOP THE TOURCHER!!!!!

Willceace
Willceace

I wonder if they'll make 75% of the film then release the rest as downloadable content.

impl0sion
impl0sion

This is lame. I don't blame Activision for trying, but it's lame.

Altiar25
Altiar25

CoD sucks, just like its community of trashtalking kids.

Jozzoh
Jozzoh

I hope it doesn't suck like Doom

DarthMstrChf
DarthMstrChf

chocobo777 u really think cod4 was suckish? I have more than ten days of playing time on that game

bgphil08
bgphil08

hopefully this is just to protect it from becoming a Uwe Boll movie

halojp23
halojp23

a don't even think call of duty has a story. plus this is just what i think that hollwood will ruin something again think of all the stuff they had ruin.and before people get pumped about this think of all the other games that was going to get turned into movie that never happen.but who know if they dont set the budget to high it will happen.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

Saving private Ryan, and Blackhawk down, and Band of brothers, are all truly amazing. At the same time though, another popular video game based on a movie? I'm sorry, but if we have Cod movies, hollywood just totally lost it.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

the thing with a call of duty movie is that they simply don't have to be in sequence or at a certain point in time. we might be seeing saving privet Ryan or black hawk down who know????

medicalmj
medicalmj

I've always been a big fan of war movies and there haven't been many of them lately. Doesn't hurt to make a movie. If the movie sucks and gets bad reviews then I just wont watch it. Who knows though it could end up being a good movie.

killeroo
killeroo

are activision the new ea?

chocobo777
chocobo777

great first thay take a good game (cod 1-3) and make suckish games (cod 4-5) and now a movie. *sigh* havent you killed cod enuf

biagio55
biagio55

no thnks. i dont need another game gettin a rubbish movie done after it to make greedy companies more money. stick to what you know game companies!!!! also i agree with what puppetmaster786 said.

PuppetMaster786
PuppetMaster786

though it's an excellent series, i have had too much of it. They don't have too much variety, like Final Fantasy. I would never be saying this if my stupid cousins didn't stay at my house for the entire summer and play call of duty morning till night.

Ashley_wwe
Ashley_wwe

Awesome! would love a Call Of Duty movie based directly off of the original PC game :D.

wwervin
wwervin

I think we've had a lack of war movies lately.. Idk I can't remember the last time a really good war movie came out and it might be interesting. I like the concept.

3minty3
3minty3

MW had so many scenes like Black hawk down it would make no sense to make a CoD movie.

daveyf03
daveyf03

What a terrible basis for a film.

pidow
pidow

Call of Duty a movie, this I will have to see.

mk360star
mk360star

OMG!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GAME, IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!

Amz1217
Amz1217

a COD: Modern Warfare films looks cool.......knowing how good the game is this film should be awesome

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

Saving Private Ryan, A bridge too far and Black hawk down is one of the best war films i've seen but a war film based on a game doesn't convince me

Airlon
Airlon

I'm going to have to agree with Steel_Hawk_99 Black Hawk Down was the best

Cidious84
Cidious84

@silentsniper359 @andypipkin85 i agree with u both but not about the halo movie andy !!!

Steel_Hawk_99
Steel_Hawk_99

Black Hawk Down was the best modern war movie ever imo, let's just leave it at that shall we?

silentsniper359
silentsniper359

comment below me a halo movie thats the worst idea ive ever heard

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

Why the heck would you make a movie thats based on a game thats based on every war movie already out? FFS give us a Halo movie already, not this BS.

Hunt270
Hunt270

Hmmmmmm...interesting...

Nautilus1515
Nautilus1515

this makes no sense. Call of Duty is pretty much every war movie that has been released. Whats gonna make it different from any other war/ action/ military movie? Cause its called Call of Duty? Sell out some more activision, sell out some more.....

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

So wait.... it'll be an emotional rollercoaster ride, up until the point where a 6 year old I-love-CoD-so-much-but-never-played-the-first-ones decide to crouch and stand repeatedly on the protagonists face! Come on guys, really. Then again I like war films and it's just an excuse to blow sh*t up.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

So it's a movie based on a game based on real life. Sounds really boring.

kegmiester
kegmiester

Well, i can't hope for much from this movie idea. I suppose good luck to the poor sap who attempts to drink from the poison chalice that we call video game based movies.