2020 was undoubtedly a great year for the video game industry: confined to their homes, gamers from around the world contributed to the industry’s profits reaching rarely seen levels. Of all the companies that released titles shortly before and during this difficult period for humanity, Activision Blizzard had record profits that suggest new developments for the future and that arouse the interest of that film project with which it sought to bring the characters of the Call of Duty shooter saga to the movies.
According to the specialized portal Games Industry, Call of Duty almost doubled its net bookings in 2020, thanks to the first full year of Call of Duty Mobile, the launch in March of Call of Duty: Warzone for free and traditional paid launches. of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, which collectively saw a 40 percent increase in unit sales for the entire year.
In net revenue, Activision Blizzard, the company behind all of these titles, saw a 25 percent increase to $ 8.9 million, while bookings rose 44 percent to $ 8.42 billion. Net profits, the portal reports, would have increased 46 percent to $ 2.2 billion.
“We are making significant progress in our development pipeline for other key intellectual properties, which we hope to drive for further growth in 2022 and beyond,” the company said.
The movie that many expect
It was 2015 when Activision announced a first film based on Call of Duty as the starting point for a universe the size of Marvel’s Avengers. However, the wait to see this project materialize has not been short, although it has had its results: for 2018, Stefano Sollima, director of “Sicario: Day of the soldier” announced that he had been chosen to carry out the film. Since then, little has been known about that project.
According to the information that Sollima has revealed, Activision itself does not consider the film a priority, so its production is currently in a state of pause, something to which must be added the difficulties that the film industry has faced due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the director is optimistic and, perhaps to deflate the hopes of many, has explained that these types of breaks are common in Hollywood.
Although it is not confirmed in its entirety, another of the data that has been leaked about this ambitious project is that the script would be in charge of Scott Silver, who has stood out for his work in film such as “8 Mile”, “The Fighter” and, most recently, “The Joker.” At some point, Sollima went so far as to ensure that the adaptation would have to “betray the structure of video games” to tell “the story of a single soldier, unlike most war stories.”
Adapting a video game to the cinema is always a difficult task, especially when it comes to a saga with millions of fans around the world. However, recent years have shown us the good results that studies can obtain by committing to the original material, as recently demonstrated by “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” (2019) or “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020), which is being prepared for a second part in 2022.