Report: Activision to Set up Film Studio to Produce Movies and TV Shows Based on Properties

Reports have surfaced online claiming that publishing giant Activision is planning to set up a film studio to produce movies and TV shows based on the properties that it owns, such as the Call of Duty franchise.

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MrSwankSinatra1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

A Skylanders kid show is just pile of money awaiting.

SmielmaN1405d ago

Agreed. It would be like Pokemon. I'm surprised this news isn't hotter. This would be a very big deal. Gi joe-like COD show or figures? Huge potential.

MasFlowKiller1405d ago

Activions makes one to two new IP every decade, Once they do COD, Skylanders and Destiny what else do they have?

AceBlazer131405d ago

A military movie with the name call of duty over it? That's like a gold mine.

KonsoruMasuta1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

They could actually pull it off.

Set the movie in World War 2, get some big name actors, and add lots of explosions.

Bam! It's sure to be a hit.

SaveFerris1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

COD: The Movie

Filmed entirely in first person view with dialogue written by a bunch of twelve year olds and has a number of matrix style 360 no scope kill sequences, and at the end USA wins.

harrisk9541405d ago

Because that went so well for Microsoft.

Sony is in a different position as entertainment (Movies/TV/Music) is part of its core business. MS, Activision, etc. need to create something from scratch.

KonsoruMasuta1405d ago

It's possible.

Square Enix actually had a movie studio for some time.
They closed down after Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within tanked though.

bloop1405d ago

I remember being really excited for that. After all the amazing cutscenes in the games and them having so much great material to work with within the Final Fantasy universe............. what the hell were they thinking?!?!

harrisk9541405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )


Good point... I had forgotten about FF:TSW. There was another movie, though - FFVII: Advent Children.

So, maybe it is possible with the right partnership for production and distribution. My point was though that MS, with all of its deep pockets, couldn't figure out how to make it work and got cold feet. Content creation on that level is a tough business.

EDIT: Actually, you made my argument. FF:TSW is the seventh biggest bomb in movie history.

ScorpiusX1405d ago

Why there are other studios with similar core business practices. Just a matter of negotiating and partnering.

KonsoruMasuta1405d ago

I didn't make your argument. My point was it's possible for gaming companies to have movie studios.

Square Pictures closed because they made bad movies (The reviews for FF:TSW were horrible). However, Activision can succeed if the movies are actually good.

It's possible for a company to sustain a movie studio as long as they know what they're doing.

harrisk9541405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

But, even "good" movies don't necessarily make money and video games movies, with very few exceptions, are not generally well-received by the general public. (hoping that UC and TLOU buck the trend)

ScorpiusX1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

Maybe Activision can buy or partner up with Xbox Entertainment Studios to give this concept a go. Best part they can work with those other Hollywood studios not Sony . MS and Activision can build a subscription service and great content to both Xbox one and PC consumers. I like it they must team IP now.

harrisk9541405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )


See my comment above. I agree with you... But the reality is that the content creation business is very very tough, even for the big players. One or two flops can bankrupt even a major studio. See Orion Pictures for an example:

ScorpiusX1405d ago (Edited 1405d ago )

Yes the possibility of failure is great,but to be honest Orion shot it self in the foot it was way to confident. still would like to see them try and to see what kind of stuff they can create.