'Call of Duty' Movies and More Coming from Activision-Blizzard's Just-Formed Studio

November 6, 2015

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CGI Kevin Spacey could one day be played by actual Kevin Spacey.

Promising to take the Call of Duty universe beyond even the totally radical, day-glo flavor combination of Doritos and Mountain Dew, gaming company Activision Blizzard has started a studio to start giving us more video game movies and series.

On the television side, the company will reportedly begin with an animated adaptation of Skylanders, the game series about magic, floating islands, and getting your parents to buy you more little figures, as apparently that's how you get more characters. It's said that has already quietly been in production, with Justin Long voicing Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks, and Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz in unnamed roles we have not yet bought enough toys to unlock.

On the film side, meanwhile, the studio is like a 12-year-old boy just home from school: prioritizing Call of Duty above all else. Activision Blizzard is said to be turning the bestselling game series into, what else, a "a cinematic universe" that may also expand into television. The company says the first film could hit theaters in 2018 or 2019, but there isn't yet talent attached. Be warned, though, whatever screenwriter takes this job: The film's background chatter had better be up to the exacting standards of petulance and vicious, moronic bigotry that we've grown accustomed to online.

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