One of the biggest video game companies is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind "World of Warcraft," "Call of Duty," and more, has launched a movie studio and plans to make film and TV adaptations of its most popular franchises.
The first adaptation from Activision Blizzard Studios will be “Skylanders," a fantasy video game series that will soon have its own animated television show.
Activision Blizzard also plans to turn the gritty combat shooter "Call Of Duty" into a movie, which could be out as soon as 2018.
"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,” Activision CEO Bobby Kotick told The Hollywood Reporter. “And the only way we could see ensuring that that would happen would be to do it ourselves.”
Yesterday, Legendary Pictures debuted the first trailer for “Warcraft,” the feature film based on Blizzard’s long-running computer game series.
“Warcraft” comes out July 2016, and it looks like it’ll only be the first in a long line of films that made the leap from the computer screen to the big screen.