Activision Blizzard Launch Film & TV Arm – Call Of Duty + Skylanders First Up!

4018Activision Blizzard, one to the gaming sphere’s largest and most successful creators, have established their own film and television production studio with hopes of developing their own cinema and small screen franchises to new audiences. With Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft already headed to cinemas next year via Universal Pictures and Duncan Jones’ Warcraft and with news of UbiSoft’s Assassin’s Creed currently in production with Michael Fassbender, the studio has moved forward with the intention of bringing their largest property to full cinematic universe status – Call Of Duty. The plan is to have a first Call Of Duty film in cinemas by 2018-2019 as the initial outing of  a much larger franchise.

From the television side of things the company is already in production on an animated series based on the hugely successful Skylanders property. Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks and Norm MacDonald are already voicing the characters of this kids focused show. We should see that hit television 2016-2017.

The most notable element to this is that Activision Blizzard intend to finance, produce and distribute this new content by themselves, without taking on production partners. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick told THR

“Our most important asset as a company is our audience, and in order to ensure that our audiences is always appropriately entertained at the level of excellence that we’ve come to be known for, we have to ensure that anything that relates to any of the company’s franchises is produced or developed with the same commitment to excellence that we have,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. “And the only way we could see ensuring that that would happen would be to do it ourselves.”