Being one of the biggest and most successful video game franchises in the world hasn’t helped move Call Of Duty into the movie arena. In fact, Activision has canned it. Officially placed “on hold” we know what that really means for a movie.
The director of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Stefano Sollima, was in line to bring this to the big screen. The project was first mooted in 2015 but it took a long time to get traction.
Now its back to square one. Production was delayed from last year and now it’s pushed out again.
In a chat with Bad Taste this week, the director gave some more information:
“Well, the Call of Duty film has remained a bit like this… We wrote the script with Scott Silver (“Joker”), and let’s say that the idea of expanding the universe, the world of Call of Duty… is no longer (at the moment) an industrial priority of the group, of Activision… So, trivially, it has stood still, which happens quite frequently there in America.
I feel that a movie must be completely different as an experience from any video games. So meaning that in order to make a good movie based on a video game, you have to betray the structure. You must ignore the idea that they did a video game. You need to create something that is completely new and a great movie.”
He stated the movie is officially “in limbo” and he is now going off to pursue other projects. Kill shot!