The live-action Call of Duty movie may begin filming in 2019. Activision Blizzard is looking to take a hand on approach in bringing their popular video game franchises to the big screen and are looking towards Call of Duty as a launching point for much more. The popular first-person shooter franchise has been around since 2003 and has continued to pump out new twists on the military setting. By taking inspiration from the many different Call of Duty titles, the studio is hoping to start a "Marvel-esque" franchise with the launch of the first film.
After being in development for a few years, Activision Blizzard finally found a director for Call of Duty earlier this year. They picked Sicario: Day of the Soldado director Stefano Sollima to take the reigns of another action, covert military story. He's still in the earlier stages of development and pre-production, but a hopeful starting point is already in mind.
Call of Duty's screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald spoke to Discussing Film about the upcoming project and gave an update on the production schedule. This adaptation is the latest project that Fitzgerald will tackle and noted that a 2019 start to production is the current plan. That is a relatively broad timeline for Call of Duty, so thankfully Fitzgerald added further clarity on when exactly production will kick off - and it isn't too far away.
We have a great director attached, a guy named Stefano Sollima who made a fantastic series called Gommorra to date is the most popular Italian television show and really worth watching. And he then recently directed the sequel to Sicario which is called Soldado, so we’re very excited to have him on board and we hope to have production begin this spring.
If Fitzgerald's information is accurate and the plan doesn't change, then Call of Duty will begin filming in the spring of 2019. This only leaves them a few more months to finalize the script, find filming locations, and cast the movie. There's yet to be any reports of when exactly production will begin or where it will take place, but those details shouldn't be too far away if a spring start is indeed happening. Filming beginning early next year would also put the film on track for a 2020 release date most likely.
The bigger development that many fans will be interested in is seeing who joins Call of Duty's cast and getting some plot details. There's no word on when the movie will take place or what type of Call of Duty team will be assembled. Sollima has said before that he would like to see Tom Hardy and Chris Pine be the leads, which would be great gets for the franchise. Since most war movies feature large ensembles with different soldiers serving as specialists within the group, that should continue with Call of Duty. And again, if this spring start is true, then casting could come by the end of the year.
Call of Duty is currently in development but does not have a release date.
Source: Discussing Film