Film production company, Activision Blizzard Studios, is planning to release an expansive "Call of Duty" movie universe. The franchise will branch out from its core narrative to spin-off movies and side plots, much like what is happening right now with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and "Star Wars."
According to the company's co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk on their interview with The Guardian, the work for "Call of Duty" movies has led the company to multiple scripts. The movie universe will involve stories inspired from different game franchise installments that Activision released.
"There'll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story," Sher told the publication. "The Modern Warfare series looks at what it's like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you."
Another angle that the team is eyeing for is some sort of combination of both ideas. "And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on," she added.
The "Call of Duty" movie universe is not going to be a complete adaptation of the game from where it is based on, Van Dyk said. But it is going to be high-adrenaline and high-energy just like the video games. He went on to tease the fans that the movies in this film universe are going to be interconnected; will have a timeline, consistent themes and Easter eggs.
It is unclear on how the studio will tackle the problem for the characters in the "Call of Duty" movie universe. As pointed out by Collider, the game franchise installments don't necessarily have any main characters. Most of the ones featured in the games often get killed off midway through the story - or at the end.
The first installment for the "Call of Duty" movie universe is being expected to begin filming as early as 2018. It will then be released in cinemas around 2020 if the production does not encounter any problems.