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Sicario was one of my favourite films of 2015. It was the film which introduced me to the brilliance of Denis Villeneuve as a director, it had an incredible story with depth and performances which were awesome, especially from Benecio del Toro. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic that a sequel to Sicario was going to happen and we are only months away from its release. Sadly, Denis Villeneuve did not return to direct Sicario 2: Soldado but I am curious to see what Stefano Sollima will do in the director’s chair. We now know more about what his next project could be.
Call of Duty
An exclusive report by Variety states that Activision Blizzard Studios, a film division of Activision, is accelerating development of a film adaptation of Call of Duty. Stefano Sollima is in negotiations to direct the film that would launch a franchise/cinematic universe of Call of Duty films.
A cinematic universe of Call of Duty films has been a wish of Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, presidents of Activision Blizzard Studios, for some time. Indeed, in an interview with The Guardian back in April 2017, both Sher and van Dyk spoke about the wish to create a franchise that would rival the behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
This is what they had to say at that time:
“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”.
“It’s going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it’s not a literal adaptation. It’s a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope […] a big, tentpole Marvel-esque movie […] If you look at Marvel, they started working when you had Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, and real film-makers on board as well. What I think made The Avengers so great was the writing and directing. You cared about those characters. If you just chase the empty blockbuster, and have nothing to say in the genre, forget about it”.
Video game films have not had the best of times when it comes to critical acclaim. However, the comments above provide hope that care and time is being given to this Call of Duty film franchise. It could turn out to be great and, if Stefano Sollima is hired as the director for the first film, my excitement for it will change either way once I see Sicario 2: Soldado.
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