Hollywood still hasn’t quite figured out how to successfully adapt a video game for the big screen, but that sure isn’t stopping them from trying again and again. We’ve got Tomb Raider and Rampage movies coming within the next couple of months, plus we’ve had several other fairly recent announcements including an animated Super Mario Brothers movie, Duke Nukem adaptation and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Now here is another one to add to the list: Activision Blizzard is finally moving forward with a live-action movie based on one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. That’s right, a Call of Duty movie seems inevitable but now they’ve actually got a director on board as well. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Variety, Italian director Stefano Sollima is currently in negotiations to direct a Call of Duty movie for Activision Blizzard. Sollima is directing the upcoming Sicario sequel but he also has several Italian crime flicks under his belt including Suburra, A.C.A.B (All Cops Are Bastards), and the Gomorrah TV series. The script was written by Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden, The Homesman).
It is currently unclear which incarnation of the Call of Duty series will serve as the basis for the film, but it seems likely that it will have a contemporary setting. That being said, they do apparently have plans to expand out to other games as well, thus “turning this mega gaming franchise into a cinematic universe that could rival Marvel or DC.” The Call of Duty name certainly carries with it plenty of brand recognition, but as always, the challenge will be to come up with a decent story to hang the movie on. Do you think a Call of Duty movie could actually be good?