The fact that Hollywood is currently developing a movie based on the mobile phone app Angry Birds should tell you something about the industry: if it's popular and it's a video game, it gets turned into a movie. While we have seen the number of adaptations wane in the past couple of years, recently the genre has been getting its second wind, with movies based on Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution all in various stages of development. But there is one game that will likely never find its way into cinemas: Call of Duty.
Movieline has discovered an article by The New York Times about Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in which it's revealed that not only will we probably never get a Call of Duty film, the company has already been approached by different studios about the possibility and all of them have been turned down. According to the executive "movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans" and apparently have even gone as far as to taint brands (which makes total sense when you consider that a video game movie has never managed to get a majority of positive reviews from critics).
This also goes a long way in explaining why no games made by the company have been turned into movies yet, though there are persistent rumors of a World of Warcraft film that have popped up over the last few years. Instead they have actually gone the opposite route in many cases, choosing instead to make games based on popular movies, like those in the Spider-Man and James Bond franchises. Kotick also has a connection to the motion picture industry through Bennett Miller's Moneyball, in which he had a cameo appearance.
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