The Call of Duty movie may be added to the Hollywood kill-feed after comments by the film’s director Stefano Sollima.
Sollima, who is best known for directing Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to 2015’s action thriller, made some comments about the state of the film with Italian movie site Badtaste.
“We wrote the script with Scott Silver,” Sollima said, noting the screenwriter’s worker on Joker. “Let’s say that the idea of expanding the universe, the world of Call of Duty… is no longer (at the moment) an industrial priority of the group, of Activision.”
According to the Italian filmmaker, the film is now in “limbo.”
“Now we see,” he said, noting how many films in Hollywood end up in this state.
This is unfortunate considering the talent that was on the table to bring Call of Duty to life as a feature film. Considering how Joker was critically well-received and made over a billion dollars in the box office, Silver could have provided a huge boost to the CoD film's credibility.
Sollima too was familiar with Call of Duty. In a 2018 interview with Polygon, he talked about playing the game with his kids. In fact, the director played or watched “almost everything they did in the last seven years” with the CoD franchise.
During that interview, he remarked how he wanted to make a soldier film and “not a war movie” after he was finished with Call of Duty.
He may be getting his wish still in his upcoming film: Without Remorse is based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name starring Creed star Michael B. Jordan as a Navy Seal.
With the success of video game movies as of late such as Tomb Raider and the newly-released Sonic movie, it will be interesting to see if Activision decide to move forward with the project or if they decide to cancel it altogether.
If they do end up wanting to do the film, the plans for it probably won't be put in motion until a few years from now at the very least, making this a stronger possibility for the second half of the decade.
As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this as more information becomes available.