Call of Duty Eyes Sicario 2’s Sollima For Director’s Chair

may finally have a director. In a Hollywood environment saturated with franchises and cinematic universes, a fair number of studios have looked toward video games as a jumping-off point. Sadly and despite multiple attempts, efforts to produce a glowingly-reviewed video game film have yet to bear fruit. One of the video game IPs being shopped around for the big screen is Call of Duty, a project that has been in development hell for years.

Activision Blizzard decided to establish its own film studio, with Call of Duty being planned as one of its big projects. If the studio’s co-presidents get their wish, the Call of Duty film will lead to a “Marvel-esque” universe.

Actualization toward a Call of Duty film reached new material with news that the studio is seeking out Stefano Sollima for his work on “Sicario 2: Soldado.” Beyond his work on Sicario 2, Sollima has handled multiple television projects and films like “A.C.A.B.” and “Suburra.” The studio’s interest in a director may be indicative that Call of Duty is nearing the final stages of pre-production.

Activision Blizzard’s interest in Sollima’s work could be reflective of a change in studio vision. While initial aspirations reflected the establishment of a cinematic universe, Activision would likely benefit from taking an approach closer to the realistic and brutal world of Soldado; more than one commentator remarked that Soldado’s first trailer reflected the visceral tone set by Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario.”

While Call of Duty currently lacks an official director, news pursuing a name marks a big step toward its creation. As things currently stand, Call of Duty only has a draft penned by Kieran Fitzgerald, whom will remain on staff. Neither a plot nor era has been revealed for the film; the game series has tackled military engagements during World War II, the near future of less than 100 years ahead and contemporary engagements.