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A Call of Duty film has been a long time coming, and fans can’t wait.
With a director attached to the project, it now seems like things will finally start to move forward.
The biggest video game series in the world is getting a film – and no doubt it will be massive.
The game franchise itself is well suited for film – a first person shooter with wall to wall action. We’ve even had a taste of what the film might look like in the games numerous TV launch videos starring A list celebs.
It’s not known what type of film setting we could get, but given Call of Duty has spanned everything from WW2 to modern and futuristic war-torn environments, there’s no shortage of ideas on the table.
The Call of Duty film will be directed by Italian director Stefano Sollima, who recently directed Sicario 2: Soldado.
However, he is yet to be formally announced as the director, but is said to be in negotiations.
He specialises in modern crime fiction, in particular, first-person explosive shootouts. Perfect we’re sure you’ll agree for a film like Call of Duty.
Activision Blizzard Studios are also attached to the film – the film division of the publisher of the game.
“There’ve been a lot of war movies but not soldier movies. I feel that a movie must be completely different as an experience from any video games”
According to Activision Blizzard studios in 2017. the film could start filming this year.
A potential release date for the film is 2020.
However, without a distributor being attached to the title, this is subject to change.
There are also extensive plans for a Call of Duty cinematic universe – meaning this film may not be the only one.
Cast and potential crew:
Because the Call of Duty games don’t adhere to a specific character, there are a wide range of actors who could play the lead.
However, according to the Metro, Sollima already has his eye on two actors.
The Gomorrah director revealed that Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are at the top of his wish-list to work with.
He has previously expressed his admiration at their work.
Sollima said about Hardy: “I mean, I like almost everything [he’s been in]. I’m waiting for his Venom. Even in Mad Max, he was great.”
About Pine, he said: “He’s tough, but he’s smart and he can have a sense of humour, but he can also be in such a dramatic role.”
This sounds like the perfect qualities of a wartime hero.
While there are plenty of war films out there, Sollima intends to make this one different.
Sollima believes, at the soul of the Call of Duty franchise, the games “tell a story. A real story about a soldier, in an entertaining, fun-to-play way.”
He told Slashfilm: “I think it’s more the idea, the concept to tell a story of a soldier. It’s something we haven’t seen a lot.
“There’ve been a lot of war movies but not soldier movies. 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 good video game. You need to create something that is completely new and a great movie.”
However, being a big fan of the Call of Duty franchise, he is likely to want to please the fans.
He told Polygon: “I played, and then I play with my two kinds. Even though I die faster with them, it’s more that I watch them playing.”