'Call of Duty' Movie Not Happening Says Activision CEO

Bobby Kotick believes a poorly-received movie may tarnish his lucrative video game franchise.
Call of Duty is not being adapted for the silver screen
Call of Duty is not being adapted for the silver screen
By and large, movies based on video games have not been big hits, both critically and financially. One of the biggest games currently on the market is Activision's Call of Duty, with the latest installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, earning over $1 billion in revenue in just the first 15 days of release. However, don't expect a Call of Duty movie any time soon, since Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has no interest in spawning his franchise into a big screen adaptation.

Here is an excerpt from a recent profile piece on the executive.

"Call of Duty may look like a movie, but Mr. Kotick has little interest in turning it into one - and has turned down several studios' requests. He says movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans and could taint the brand."


Back in 2009, actor Kevin McKidd, who voices Captain "Soap" McTavish, revealed that a Call of Duty movie was in the works. Now we know why that was the last we heard about a Call of Duty adaptation.


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  1. FrankenFate

    "By and large, movies based on video games have not been big hits, both critically and financially."

    Oh, well, I don't know, maybe because every big hit game that gets turned into a live action movie eventually, somebody f*cks up the story for it and they don't make it like the game was that got everybody into it. That's also why most movies based on a best selling book novel gets trashed because the film makers decide to turn it into something they want it to be, but oh sure, they'll still keep it some parts from the book so it'll seem like it's still from the original author who created the series.

    1 year agoby @frankenfateFlag

  2. Writer220

    There is a Call of Duty film, though I think it's fan based.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  3. Aaron Jones

    could be good or just make the Nazi zombie movie instead that would be awesome.

    1 year agoby @Aaron-Jones-29746401Flag

  4. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Eh, no biggie.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- *Uncharted*. Don't worry about it; I learned from the best.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    Thank goodness. The games suck, as it is.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. larmindy

    Glad this won't happen.

    2 years agoby @larmindyFlag

  8. Dark-White-Knight

    We already got a modern warfare movie adaptation it's called "act of valor"

    2 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  9. Metalsfury

    IN SIMULATION, I think they worry that If the film tanks, so will the games that follow, as one would imagine! I believe that like Comic Books, Video Games will eventually become well made Movies. Let more gamers grow up and we will see passionate directors take these on

    2 years agoby @metalheadfuryFlag

  10. ejk1

    I don't get it. Wouldn't it just be another WWII film, or something like Zero Dark Thirty? I'm not a fan of video game films, but I understand the desire to put Zelda, Gears, Mass Effect, or Unchartered on film. They have tales to tell. Call of Duty just seems like it would be a straight up war film.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. Fry_3000

    Good call

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  12. skywise

    Mr. Kotick is absolutly correct. Very wise decision on his part.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    We get sh*tty war movies every year. You might as well say Call of Duty has had several at this point.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. Zak Lee Ferguson

    it wont be made as a f*cking video adaptation.....approached differently. Katherine Bigelow to direct for me.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  15. Writer220

    Good - I like the video games

    Did you hear that Tom Hardy is Sam Fisher 'shudder'

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  16. Replicant

    @bawnian-dexeus I was gonna say that :P

    Mark my words; video game adaptations WILL be good some day. Once they are, CoD will jump aboard the Hollywood train.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  17. JonSpidey07

    at least one video game to worry about less

    2 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  18. Mr.K

    Good. The franchise is overrated anyway and should stay down in the dirt.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  19. Hideki Ryuga

    @ Bawnian&#169-Dexeus
    agree

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Act of Valor is a close second so, I'm not upset

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. the MovieGhost

    Good. The games have gotten bad enough already.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  22. The Real Goku

    Wtf is going on??? Lol good thing they won't ever make this.

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag