The Call of Duty franchise has hit a pretty significant snag in popularity the past couple of years. The latest entry, Call of Duty: World War 2, has sold a recent franchise low 12.19 million units while at it’s peak we saw Modern Warfare 3 sell 30.17 million units sold at the height of COD’s powers.
Reports have come in that Activision Blizzard studios is aiming to bring Call of Duty to theaters with Sicario 2: Soldado director Stefano Sollima at the helm with Stacey Sher and Nick Van Dyk to produce. A script is already penned and ready to use from Kieran Fitzgerald, who wrote 2016’s Snowden.
The following quote is from producer Sher about the project.
We have plotted out many years…We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going. There’ll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story. The Modern Warfare series looks at what it’s like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you. And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on.”
The plan also is to set up a cinematic universe around characters to be introduced in the first film. With all this news, there is no studio attached to the project or casting news or production start dates.
This might be a case of too little too late. The past two COD entries have been received poorly by fans. There is franchise fatigue and numbers show that.