Guitar Hero TV show, Call of Duty movie under consideration - Report

Activision looking to translate its rhythm game, war action series into small- and big-screen properties, claims the Hollywood Reporter; concert tour also a possibility.

When Brett Ratner pronounced that he wanted to make a Guitar Hero movie last year, the floodgates of derision swung wide open. Now, though, Activision appears to be seriously considering a television show centered on the game. (Apparently the lingerie-model TV ads and rampant product placement in Californication weren't enough.)

Apparently this was too subtle.

Shortly before parent company Activision Blizzard reported that the Guitar Hero series has generated $2 billion in sales--a feat matched only by the Madden and Super Mario Bros. franchises--CEO Bobby Kotick spoke with the The Hollywood Reporter. Though he declined to comment on Legendary Pictures' in-limbo World of Warcraft movie, he did say that that the rhythm-game series "might make for a good TV show or a good concert tour."

Though a throwaway comment on its own, Kotick's statement was backed up by an unnamed source who told the Reporter that discussions to turn Guitar Hero into a reality show are underway. Adding to the Activision cross-media synergy stew, the trade reported that the same source said that another marquee Activision series, Call of Duty, is "being talked about for the big screen."

Kotick also wouldn't address the prospect of a Call of Duty movie, but was unapologetic about Activision Blizzard's attempt to generate revenue wherever it can. "We have growth and we're making money. That's better than others can say," he said, in an apparent dig at archrival Electronic Arts, which reported $1 billion in annual losses this week .

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242 comments
Underworldy69
Underworldy69

A Call of Duty movie? Really? Any WW2 movie any made can be called a Call of Duty movie. And what is so special about a Guitar Hero TV Show? People just playing Guitar Hero? Guitar Hero is starting to become the new Guitar.

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

I don't know how you could make a Guitar Hero movie. Seriously. Any Ideas?

grungeman91
grungeman91

Who would wanna watch some dumb moron play with a plastic guitar and a drum kit on MTV or VH1 for 30 minutes? Seriously, Activision is getting a lot like the old EA

jjwalker9600
jjwalker9600

Didn't I see this on South Park? He comes the beginning of the end of Guiltar Hero.

DarkTempler1
DarkTempler1

plastic guitar shows on GHtv is probably gonna be what it is.. I can imagine it being the best player in the world (Phenom Man) going on a real world tour playing the game at concerts xD.... they had tournaments sorta like that waaay back in the days of GH2... the WCVG. I actually think if the COD movie is done right with professional actors, director, and such that it could be cool but thats a IF they do everything perfect.

davros878
davros878

what!? no!?!?!?! this is a horrible idea! An absolute bad turn for Activision ! Haven't we learned anything from the Super Mario Bros. movie?! It was terrible! It sucked! And the game that came after that movie was the least successful game in the series. The same goes with that Sonic movie! They all sucked! So Activision should not even think about thinking about thinking about ever in their wildest dreams consider for one moment doing any of this crap! EVER!

VinceL
VinceL moderator

I thought there already was a Call of Duty movie. It was called EVERY WORLD WAR II EVER MADE.

Jee-Man
Jee-Man

Milk franchises much?

Masta_Jedi
Masta_Jedi

Movies and TV shows based on video games are NOT a good idea unless done extremely well... and it looks like that's not going to happen anytime soon..

heds777
heds777

I shall eat my own somting not very nice if that movie is good

Adzey
Adzey

A CoD movie...oh look at hollywood, trying to milk the next big thing for all it's worth, this movie won't be made, remember the Halo, Gears of War, Metroid Prime etc. movies, either it won't be made or it'll be like the rest of the video game movies and end up terrible, anyone remember Doom?

bunbun343
bunbun343

@Gamer_4_Fun Before you cut something down you'll want to avoid using grammar like "most stupidest," because it greatly decreases your credibility.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

It seems like the cash cow still has plenty of milk left.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

Just make every damn game into a movie directed by Uwe Boll.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

COD movie would be the most stupidest ideas ever. COD is a military war game be it modern or WWII, we already have great films on that, i highly doubt a COD movie can make a dent on Blackhawk down.

damaster101
damaster101

@rockatanski Yeah i fully agree with you there man a tv show would work really well, if done right it could be so good because Call of Duty can branch off into so many things.If its anything like Band of Brothers i'm 110% for it. Guitar Hero tv?For gods sake man its one thing playing the game but what the hell is the point in watching people play it(i'm assuming thats the point).Go to a damn concert or just listen to some guitar solos have a look at freebird...oh wait thats on guitar hero as well.

necronaux
necronaux

GH TV? Trump Apprentice: Guitar Hero? Who thinks of this stuff? A reality show where we can watch people play GH? Fire them all!

CapedCod
CapedCod

I could see GH being a tv show, but it would have to be on par with the game shows Nickelodeon had in the 90s. You know, bring out some kids, makes them square of tournament style, and then give the kid a trip to Universal. I can't see it being a "make 20 Guitar Hero fanatics live in a house" kind of show.

Justinge3
Justinge3

chaoricchild555 i completely agree that it should be a cartoon

chaoticchild555
chaoticchild555

Wow... nevermind, it's going to be a reality show... wow... wow... They should take my cartoon idea.

chaoticchild555
chaoticchild555

I think you guys are missing the point of the GH show... it's going to, most likely, be a cartoon on either Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. Possibly Adult Swim, but it's going to be about the characters going around and getting into stupid shenannigans that they will have to "Rock their way out of"... hmmm, might not be so bad actually... lol. Now, the CoD movie? What's so wrong with that? It could be awesome! Why wouldn't it be? Why is everyone saying, awwww, CoD movie would suck. The only thing that would make it 'suck' is if... it was directed on a tiny budget. It's going to be good, relax.

auron_16
auron_16

:cry: worst things have happened, but still. :cry:

Erebus
Erebus

Upon reading this article title, a certain Weezer song from the '90s popped into my head. Duh-nuh! Neeer Duh-nuh! Neeer "Saaay it ain't soooo-oh-whoa-oh-whoa."

firehawk998
firehawk998

I can and will gurantee you guys that in the year 2011 the number of guitar hero games/sequels/spinoffs will cross the 150 mark. The way Activision is producing the game my prediction is not that far fetched. I

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

Oh, and gdude, don't forget Guitar Hero: Rock the 80's

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

A CoD movie would be cool, not sure about any non videogame related to Guitar Movie (I heard Uwe Boll aka King of suck wanted to make a Guitar Hero movie).

Bdjohnst
Bdjohnst

how do you make a guitar hero tv show? It'll probably be something stupid like Madden Nation.

raev92
raev92

this is a joke right???....like the lego rock band thing...right???

Ospov
Ospov

a CoD4 movie might be ok. CoD5...not so much...

rockatanski
rockatanski

Call of Duty would work as a TV series like Band of Brothers but set in modern war times obviously. I've work with the military and believe me, there are plenty of stories to tell! One movie would not be enough!

Mancinaboyz
Mancinaboyz

two of the worst ideas ever...wtf a cod movie, no WWII movie will every be better then saving private ryan. the cod movie would just be a pacific WWII movie diaster

BoondockSaint66
BoondockSaint66

Didn't Rock Band have a reality kind of show going on on MTV a while ago? Call me crazy but I believe it was before RB2 had come out and people would play against each other and the winner was determined by how loud the audience was...?? I couldn't have dreamed this...anyone know what I'm talking about? It was boring as all hell..?

DrewKid4
DrewKid4

No no no no no no no no no no...and in spanish...no!

sheepradish
sheepradish

A Guitar Hero Tour would be good. bands that have had a few songs in the games hit the world on a tour, amazing!

APCTool88
APCTool88

@gdude5678 yeah theyre starting in too i saw something on a lego rock band the other day

tunaface
tunaface

give the COD movie to Uwe Bolle. He'll effectively turn a terrible idea into an even worse movie.

gdude5678
gdude5678

At least Rock Band hasn't got carried away. Only Rock Band 1, 2, Beatles and PSP version. Guitar Hero, however: Guitar Hero Guitar Hero II Guitar Hero III Rock Ba, I mean Guitar Hero IV Guitar Hero Encore Guitar Hero Aerosmith Guitar Hero Metallica Guitar Hero On Tour Guitar Hero On Tour Decades Guitar Hero Modern Hits Guitar Hero Smash Hits

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Ok, Activision is officially worse than EA. I'd rather have Jack Tompson running around than have Bobby Kotick actually effecting the industry (and only in negative ways really).

starwarsnut7591
starwarsnut7591

gh is dead let it rest in peace stop beating it beyond recognition.

muzik_mafia
muzik_mafia

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA A Call Of Duty movie... would suck so much @#$^ it'd make me see it to... oh God...

rangegear
rangegear

A Call of Duty movie?Did'nt they already make of those Already Called Saving Private Ryan?