Publisher Activision has denied reports it plans to launch a Call of Duty movie, stating it does not want to ‘taint’ the iconic gaming franchise.
In a profile piece for the New York Times, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has refuted claims that a Call of Duty movie is currently in the works, despite confirming that several studios have made offers for the film rights to the world’s largest entertainment series.
Stating that “movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans,” Kotick is reported as saying that if a Call of Duty movie was released, it “could taint the brand.”
With this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release once again breaking sales records, the latest instalment to the globally dominant COD franchise racked up more than $500 million (£308.7m) worth of sales in its opening 24 hours before going on to top $1 billion (£617.4m) in just 15 days.
Although these lofty figures fell short of analyst predictions, they saw Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 hit the milestone $1 billion figure far quicker than history’s most lucrative film, AVATAR.
Having dismissed the notion of a Call of Duty movie, Kotick, speaking in a recent interview, suggested that it is getting harder and harder to produce annual blockbuster hits for the COD franchise, stating that development times are continuing to grow.
“We need more resources, more time, and our development schedule has to get longer,” Kotick said. “How do you make the games better each year?”
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