Overwatch publisher Activision is more than willing to have the popular hero shooter added to the ever-expanding list of game properties with their own movie adaptations.
Speaking with MCV (via VG 24/7), Activision head of consumer products group Tim Kilpin was asked about the possibility of an Overwatch movie, considering the publisher’s previous dalliances with film, such as 2016’s Warcraft movie and the multiple upcoming Call of Duty films. “We would like that very much,” Kiplin responded to the proposal.
“We’re a platform and a portfolio, these franchises exist across multiple platforms,” Kiplin continued. “It’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s linear content [movies and TV] as a way to expand the audience and expand the opportunity and then esports [too]. Pull all that together and you’re talking about franchises that are frankly like no other.”
Kiplin claimed to be aware that games aren’t always translatable to other mediums. With the first Call of Duty film still in production, for example, Kiplin acknowledged that, if the “script and the story isn’t right, we won’t do it.”
“It’s not one of those situations where someone is saying, ‘I don’t care, just get it made!’ That’s not what’s happening,” he went on. “We do think that if it’s done well it has the opportunity to expand the base audience, beyond the traditional foundation that the game appeals to.”
While it doesn’t sound like there is anything currently in the pipeline for Overwatch, the popularity of the game’s animated shorts is good indication of just what a movie could bring to fans. In the meantime, fans will have to make do with the shorts, like the recent one detailing the backstory of Tank hero Reinhardt.
Source: MCV UK