Hey Hollywood, Where's Our Call Of Duty Movie?
Has anybody noticed that most any popular video game property is on the road to becoming a feature film? There's "Uncharted," "Devil May Cry," and others...but how is the biggest franchise in history not on the big screen yet?
It's painfully obvious that Hollywood is basically out of ideas, as most any big new film project is based on a game, book, or is a remake of an older movie. That being the case, and considering the statistics that number in the billions for Call of Duty, I fail to see how a CoD movie hasn't arrived yet. Fans of most any game series usually hate to see their favorite title changed into a movie, and for good reason. However, the numbers are so gigantic, even if a small percentage of avid CoD players went to see it, the box office take would have to be absolutely gigantic. Furthermore, with so many installments out there, writers would have plenty of material with which to work.
There have been various rumors about a CoD film in the past but nothing seems to have been confirmed. And it makes absolutely no sense. Activision has been accused of putting profits above the gamer's interests, of finding any way possible to bring the Call of Duty franchise to as many consumers as possible...so how are they missing this one obvious step? Well, maybe they just don't need it. Maybe the $2 billion+ they raked in from the past two installments is more than enough, and perhaps they're afraid a CoD movie might actually be a losing proposition.
But come on. I can't believe that. Not that I'm pushing for any such movie, mind you - I probably wouldn't see it - but the situation seems confusing. Of course, now that I've written this, the announcement will be here in a week or something.
3/2/2011 11:43:32 PM Ben Dutka