Activision Blizzard Studios Launches with Skylanders TV Series and Call of Duty Film Being Developed. Activision Blizzard, the studio responsible for Warcraft and Diablo, has launched their TV division Activision Blizzard Studios. Their first projects will be a Skylanders TV series and a Call of Duty film.
The new Activision Blizzard Studios will be devoted to creating original content from their huge selection of popular video game franchises. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk will co-head this new division with another senior creative executive to be announced soon. “Activision Blizzard Studios has the unique advantage of starting with a library of world-class intellectual property that includes some of the largest franchises which have not yet been developed in film and television,” said van Dyk in a press release. He also went on to say:
Our library spans more than 30 years of global entertainment culture and, in the last 12 months alone, fans of Activision Blizzard properties have played and watched our games online for more than 13 billion hours. This gives us a huge, passionate and deeply-engaged audience that is hungry for more great content built from the universes they already know and love—and which are extremely broad in their appeal.
Van Dyk added, “Activision Blizzard Studios is not just an exciting new business for our company, it is a synergistic complement to our core business. Our movies and shows will benefit from the remarkable IP created in our games and will further increase the awareness of, engagement with and passion for our franchises.”
The first project that Activision Blizzard Studios will produce is Skylanders Academy, an animated TV series based on the popular Skylanders game. Futurama’s Eric Rogers will be the showrunner for the series, which is already in development. Skylanders Academy will feature the voices of Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks. Other voice talents like Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz will also give their voices to the new series. Van Dyk described Skylanders Academy as a “highly-comic, action-packed CGI animated TV show.”
Another production that Activision Blizzard Studios will be developing is a cinematic universe based off of Call of Duty. The studio hopes to make a film series based on the first-person shooters as well as some television adaptations. The company expects the film to hit theaters sometime in 2018 or 2019.
“Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. The CEO also said:
Activision Blizzard Studios is yet another way we’re celebrating our players and fans, and we expect that our film and television productions will entertain and delight whole new audiences, as well. I’m excited that Nick and his team will be leading this important new growth opportunity for Activision Blizzard.
Kotick also added, “We intend to approach film and television development with the same unwavering commitment to excellence we are known for in game development.”
What do you guys think of Activision Blizzard entering the film and TV industry? Are you excited for Skylanders Academy and a Call of Duty film?
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