Back in May, news surfaced that Hollywood was interested in adapting the Call of Duty franchise to the big screen. There were no details at the time but now it is being reported that Activision, the publisher behind the video game series, has filed a trademark to protect the property against use in “pre-recorded movies featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure, music, theatrical performances and/or animation.”
With the plethora of comic book movies coming out and in development, we're also starting to see a push into that other huge geek genre, video game movies. Unfortunately, history has not been so kind to video games based on movies and movies based on video games, but I expect a change in that trend soon.
The big question is, what would this film be about, since each game covers multiple sides and many story arcs...
Would the film be based in World War 2, where the series originated and where every installment of the series except for one has taken place? That would make for an interesting film, switching plotlines from the British, to the Americans and to the Russians, highlighting the battles they fought during key points in the war. However, like in the video game franchise, there have been so many WW2 movies that I'd like something different.
Perhaps then, the game follow the more recent jump into the modern era where players switch between playing a U.S. marine or a British SAS member. The story of that game, titled "Modern Warfare" (with its sequel coming out this fall) takes place in a fictional near-future, where a coup d'état allowed for a leadership change in the Middle East, and a civil war ignites in Russia. That game has been the most successful in the series and I expect it will prove that again upon Modern Warfare 2's debut.
Maybe the movie will look a little like this trailer for Modern Warfare 2 that came out yesterday:
What do you think of a Call of Duty film and what would you like to see in it?