The line between the worlds of movies and video games could be getting even blurrier now that publisher Activision is eyeing the idea of launching its own studio.
Boss Bobby Kotick is reportedly looking to hire executives to form a new internal studio with the idea of turning some of their popular properties into cinematic features or television shows. Should Kotick follow through with the idea, it would have Activision traversing the path now tread by UbiSoft, which is already hard at work developing films based on popular gaming franchises Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
At first glance, this looks like a good idea. Activision has a huge stable of titles that could easily make the transition to the screen. The catch is that a lot of those properties are already tied up in other places (like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft) or aren’t its intellectual property in the first place since Activision merely published the games and didn't develop them.
However, the company does have a few things that seem like obvious choices – including gaming juggernaut Call of Duty and wildly popular, kid-friendly Skylanders.
The acquisition of Blizzard also opens up the door to potential big-screen versions of titles like Starcraft and Diablo. It’s not too terribly difficult to envision Starcraft turning into a gigantic sci-fi action blockbuster. Diablo, meanwhile, could make for a great horror-action hybrid.
The back catalogue also has some potentially interesting titles too, including open-world Grand Theft Auto clone True Crime, and Pitfall, which could potentially be morphed into an Uncharted/Indiana Jones type of adventure film.
Whatever happens, it appears that Kotick and Activision are serious about entering the movie business. While this has worked out splendidly for Marvel and pretty well for DC, it remains to be seen if movies based on video games will ever be a huge box office draw in the way comic movies are now.
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[via /Film and Endgadget]
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