‘Call of Duty’ Movie Not Happening Says Activision CEO

Bobby Kotick believes a poorly-received movie may tarnish his lucrative video game franchise.
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‘Call of Duty’ Movie Not Happening Says Activision CEO

Call of Duty is not being adapted for the silver screen By and large, movies based on video games have not been big hits, both critically and financially. One of the biggest games currently on the market is Activision's Call of Duty, with the latest installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, earning over $1 billion in revenue in just the first 15 days of release. However, don't expect a Call of Duty movie any time soon, since Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has no interest in spawning his franchise into a big screen adaptation.

Here is an excerpt from a recent profile piece on the executive.

"Call of Duty may look like a movie, but Mr. Kotick has little interest in turning it into one - and has turned down several studios' requests. He says movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans and could taint the brand."

Back in 2009, actor Kevin McKidd, who voices Captain "Soap" McTavish, revealed that a Call of Duty movie was in the works. Now we know why that was the last we heard about a Call of Duty adaptation.

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  • frankenfate • 2 years ago

    "By and large, movies based on video games have not been big hits, both critically and financially."

    Oh, well, I don't know, maybe because every big hit game that gets turned into a live action movie eventually, somebody f*cks up the story for it and they don't make it like the game was that got everybody into it. That's also why most movies based on a best selling book novel gets trashed because the film makers decide to turn it into something they want it to be, but oh sure, they'll still keep it some parts from the book so it'll seem like it's still from the original author who created the series.

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    • instead8909 • 2 years ago

      There is a Call of Duty film, though I think it's fan based.

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      • Aaron-Jones-29746401 • 2 years ago

        could be good or just make the Nazi zombie movie instead that would be awesome.

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        • Michael-Kolesik • 2 years ago

          GOOD.

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          • ejk1 • 2 years ago

            @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Eh, no biggie.

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            • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

              @ejk1 -- *Uncharted*. Don't worry about it; I learned from the best.

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              • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                Thank goodness. The games suck, as it is.

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                • larmindy • 2 years ago

                  Glad this won't happen.

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                  • Dark-White-Knight • 2 years ago

                    We already got a modern warfare movie adaptation it's called "act of valor"

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                    • metalheadfury • 2 years ago

                      IN SIMULATION, I think they worry that If the film tanks, so will the games that follow, as one would imagine! I believe that like Comic Books, Video Games will eventually become well made Movies. Let more gamers grow up and we will see passionate directors take these on

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                      • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                        I don't get it. Wouldn't it just be another WWII film, or something like Zero Dark Thirty? I'm not a fan of video game films, but I understand the desire to put Zelda, Gears, Mass Effect, or Unchartered on film. They have tales to tell. Call of Duty just seems like it would be a straight up war film.

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                        • Fry-3000 • 2 years ago

                          Good call

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                          • skywise • 2 years ago

                            Mr. Kotick is absolutly correct. Very wise decision on his part.

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                            • ROFLitschristian • 2 years ago

                              We get sh*tty war movies every year. You might as well say Call of Duty has had several at this point.

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                              • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

                                it wont be made as a f*cking video adaptation.....approached differently. Katherine Bigelow to direct for me.

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                                • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                                  Good - I like the video games

                                  Did you hear that Tom Hardy is Sam Fisher 'shudder'

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                                  • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

                                    @bawnian-dexeus I was gonna say that :P

                                    Mark my words; video game adaptations WILL be good some day. Once they are, CoD will jump aboard the Hollywood train.

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                                    • jonspidey07 • 2 years ago

                                      at least one video game to worry about less

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                                      • mr-k • 2 years ago

                                        Good. The franchise is overrated anyway and should stay down in the dirt.

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                                        • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

                                          @ Bawnian©-Dexeus

                                          agree

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