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Call of Duty Movie Turned Down by Activision

/ Dec 17th, 2012 No Comments

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

The Call of Duty franchise will not be making the leap to the movie industry, according to comments made by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in an interview the New York Times.

Kotick said he has turned down several offers from movie studios regarding a Call of Duty film. He said movies based on video games can “taint the franchise” and “rarely please devoted fans.”

It is inevitable that a movie is made or, at least, discussed for popular video game franchises. The video game industry and film industry go hand-in-hand. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ubisoft signed a deal with New Regency to bring the Splinter Cell franchise to the big screen. The two sides already had a separate deal in place to adapt the Assassin’s Creed series into a movie.

Kotick also explains his much publicized decision to fire Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella. The pair were laid off from the studio they created in March 2010 over alleged insubordination, corporate espionage and fraud. A lawsuit that followed was settled out of court earlier this year.

According to Kotick, it did not take much thought to let go of executives who were planning to break their contracts, keep the money from it and hire many of the Infinity Ward staff in a new venture.

West and Zampella went on to form an EA studio called Respawn and hired many former Infinity Ward staff. The new development studio has yet to release a game but details about their first project are expected to be unveiled soon.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the latest installment in the franchise to release, launched in November and sold $500 million in its first 24 hours of release. This year’s Call of Duty title was developed by Treyarch but a fourth installment in the Modern Warfare series that could be available next year is under development by Infinity Ward.

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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