The first film based on the Call of Duty game franchise might be queuing up its director.
Variety recently reported Sicario 2: Soldado‘s director Stefano Sollima is “in negotiations” to helm the adaptation. However, neither Activision Blizzard Studios nor CAA, who reps Sollima, has confirmed the statement. The director is best known for his work on the Italian crime series Gomorrah, with the upcoming Sicario sequel marking his third directorial credit for a theatrical release.
While a majority of the significant details around the live-action Call of Duty film are unknown, Activision Blizzard Studios’ presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk previously revealed it would be the kickoff for a cinematic universe. Similar to the current Marvel and DC movies, the Call of Duty film series will pull inspiration from several games in the long-running shooter franchise, instead of strictly following the plot of each entry.
The latest title from the game franchise, Call of Duty: WWII, featured a historical setting that stepped away from the modern and futuristic tone of the more recent entries, including 2016’s Infinite Warfare, 2015’s Black Ops III, and 2014’s Advanced Warfare. As the series has spanned across several timelines, wars, and settings, it will be interesting to see which direction Activision Blizzard Studios takes the first film. Hopefully, if Sollima is confirmed, a writer will be found next to give fans an idea of what to expect from the story.
Activision’s internal film company was established in late 2015, with the upcoming Call of Duty movie as the studio’s debut film. An animated TV series based on the Skylanders universe, Skylanders Academy, was another on-screen project for the company. The show premiered on Netflix in 2016 and was recently renewed for a third season by the streaming service.