You'd be forgiven for forgetting Activision Blizzard's plans for a Call of Duty movie - after all, their movie and TV studio was set up in 2015, with the plan for the first movie in 2018 or 2019. Being 2020 and all, it seems there's more waiting to do.
Activision Blizzard's movie aspirations seemed to be going into overdrive following the release of the Warcraft movie, but Activision Blizzard Studios hasn't really done much since.
In an interview with Italian publication BadTaste, as translated and verified by Gamespot, director Stefano Sollima said that the Call of Duty movie is on hold until the two parties decide how to go forward with the idea.
Apparently, this is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to movie productions, with The Uncharted movie going through seven directors in more than a decade of production. Speaking of The Uncharted, the movie's lead said the latest draft of the script is one of the best he's ever read.
Back to Call of Duty though, if there's any light at the end of the tunnel for those craving for a cinematic CoD experience, Sollima co-wrote the script with Scott Silver, whose work on Joker and The Fighter speaks for itself.
Other than the star-studded production team though, a Call of Duty movie has very little going for it at the moment, because Activision Blizzard seem to have more than enough on their plate these days. It now seems that Diablo Immortal was just the first of many fiascos that will follow, and the company seems more intent on staffing up to prevent any further ones from happening down the line.
As a reminder, the Warcraft movie grossed $439 million globally, with a $160 million net production budget, but it apparently required $450 million to break even. That certainly doesn't bode well for Call of Duty movies, as we're not sure Activision Blizzard are interested in taking these risks on at the moment.