Activision On Call Of Duty Movie: "If The Script And The Story Isn't Right, We Don't Do It"

Activision says the new Call of Duty movie has the potential expand the franchise's audience.

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Multiple Call of Duty movies are in the works. We don't know much about the stories they'll tell or who will star in them, but now Activision's Tim Kilpin has shed some light on the company's general approach to making films based on its video games. Kiplin heads up Activision's Consumer Products Group, and he says it's important to carefully consider how to adapt the game for the big screen.

"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," Kilpin told MCV. "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 went on to suggest that a Call of Duty movie may be able to help expand the profile of the already-massive series. The thinking is that Call of Duty is an M-rated game, meaning that theoretically it appeals to a relatively smaller pool of people.

"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," he said.

Activision is hoping to create a Marvel-style universe for its Call of Duty movies. Activision Studios executive Nick van Dyk said in a previous interview that fans can expect the Call of Duty films to resemble the games in terms of tone.

"It's going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it's not a literal adaptation," he said. "It's a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope ... a big, tentpole, Marvel-esque movie."

Also in the MCV interview, Kiplin briefly discussed the possibility of an Overwatch movie. Asked if an Overwatch movie might be possible after the Call of Duty film, Kiplin said, "We would like that very much." That's hardly confirmation of anything at all, but it's still exciting to think about considering how wonderful the Overwatch shorts have been.

Activision Studios is headed up by former Disney executive Nick van Dyk and The Hateful Eight and Pulp Fiction producer Stacey Sher. The division also oversaw the release of the Netflix show Skylanders Academy.

The newest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: WWII, launched earlier this month and had a strong first week of sales. For more, check out GameSpot's Call of Duty: WWII review.

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They can't put microtransactions into the movie so they're not interested.

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Remember when Activision based an entire Call of Duty game story around Kevin Spacey? What a wonderful company. You should bring him back for the movie!

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This only works if its animated, and even then i doubt it makes any money

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But they already made a Call of Duty movie. Its called Call of Duty World War 2 :P

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"If The Script And The Story Isn't Right, We Don't Do It"

I wish they had this mentality about their games, too.

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@RELeon: Underrated comment.

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It'll crash and burn, just the game franchise is doing now

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No thanks ! There is already Call of Duty movies out there, heck even a TV show "Seal Team" or "The Unit"

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I just can't get interested in this. maybe it will be something or maybe it won't, but making a Call of Duty universe just sounds rather strange to me. Like the poster below me said it may end up being "bro-like" which just sounds terrible.

We will have to see, but CoD as a movie universe just seems strange.

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I can't see this being good. I think they will make it too "bro-like" and just unrealistic.

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According to what this dude said, these movies will end up like PG13 CGI-crapfest. Uwe Boll confirmed.

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Video game movies is like flogging a dead horse, they never do well but they keep making them.

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what kind of name is soap!

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"Activision Studios executive Nick van Dyk said in a previous interview that fans can expect the Call of Duty films to resemble the games in terms of tone." So... stupid?

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Make the entire movie in First Person View and have the main character sprinting the entire time and knifing everyone.

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@stuff238: Pretty sure you're being sarcastic, but it reminds me of Hardcore Henry. That's best case scenario for a Call of Duty movie. If they try to make a Saving Private Ryan style war movie it's bound to be awful. They should just keep it to the game campaigns cinematics.

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Just cancel it before it starts...

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Yeah because the world really needed that Assassins Creed movie too right? With so many amazing WWII movies, don't bother ruining the genre with your crap Activision. You aren't capable of making the next Saving Private Ryan or Enemy at the Gates.

However, if you are going to do it, go full SJW. I want a WWII movie with Black female German infantry fighting the Allies on Normandy beach under a giant rainbow flag... directed by Michael Bay of course... starring Mark Wahlberg as the every man you can totally relate too...

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@kevo44: um don't assume marks gender???

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Um, won't a Call of Duty movie be like every other war movie ever made? It would just be full of cliches and tropes you see in every war movie. What would be unique about it?

Now if they made a Call of Duty Nazi Zombies movie, now we're talkin!

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like every other video game movie it will suck

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Everyone knows about Call of Duty. A movie won't help expending the audience, only a great game will. And that time has passed, nothing does not last forever. The times of COD4 Modern Warfare or MW2 or Black Ops are gone. too many COD games have been released and eventually that kills a franchise.

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@nickyparmar92: Apparently they don't even need a good game for that either. COD WW2 is selling better than the last 2-3 CODs already and its nothing but the same except in WW2.

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Make a wolfenstein movie, with over the top nazi killing action. I will watch that. F*ck call of duty.

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marvel style universe for call of duty, cant wait...

will it be 3D?...

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Can't wait,

Throw the grenade now soldier.

Watashiwoosh bablooie.

Sir it sadly did not work there coming there's to many of them sir are you listening sir.

Sir why are you playing call of duty shooting people, hold on soldier I need to tell this soldier to heal me.

But sir we are dying, we need advise? Should I sit and watch you in this bunker playing call of duty while the director watches us play call of duty while the directors son whom is also playing call of duty.

Hold on soldier what console is he playing on.

Sir I do not know it is 1945 and the Germans are advancing I think we will die.

Hold on soldier I need to work out how to load my gun.

Sir your guns sitting next to you.

Sir are you listening, soldier I'm a female address me accordingly or I'll sue you.

That's a rap, the movies finished.

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Honestly might be the kinda action garbage mass audiences love

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Please don't. There's a reason Call of Duty's popular and it's not because of the story. Stick to what you're good at

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