Call of Duty Movie Moving Forward?


Posted November 19, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

They say there's no business like show business, but I disagree. Like any other business might, the powers-that-be in Los Angeles seem to have noticed there is a big vidja game out right now called Modern Warfare 2, and they would like to diversify their investment portfolios into an intellectual property with a built-in fan base and cross-sector identifiability in the 15-34 year old demographic in order to fully leverage merchandising opportunities and bring in a potential windfall profit that ultimately boosts stock prices and contributes to the overall financial health of their parent corporation and its shareholders. In other words: People are talking about a Call of Duty movie. Great.

In an interview with something called PopWrap, Kevin McKidd who plays Captain "Soap" MacTavish in Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, said of playing the role: "They were looking for a rough, Scottish actor in Hollywood they probably couldn't get Gerard Butler, so they got the No. 2 Gerard Butler, me. I had no idea it would be so huge, and now there are talks of a feature film."

Will he play Soap in the big screen version: "if the script is good, and Gerard isn't available [laughs], then absolutely."

Yeah, ha, ha, McKidd, absolutely. We all know you won't be playing Soap in a big-screen MW 2 movie. That role would go to someone more famous and less suited to it... or it will be written out of the movie entirely in favor of a wisecracking robot sidekick.

At the risk of repeating points I've made eight million times before, here's why a COD movie is a bad idea.

  1. Video game movies always suck.
  2. (Almost) all Video games are already based on tropes, characters and situations jacked from movies anyway, so a movie based on a game is really a movie based on a game based on other movies.
  3. Video game movies always suck.
  4. Modern Warfare 2 had many things to recommend it, but the story and characters are not among them. Don't get me started on the impossibly jargon-ridden dialog either.
  5. Video game movies always suck.

Here's why I predict the COD movie will happen: It doesn't matter if it sucks. People will go see it anyway, provided the marketing is on-point and there are enough promotional cups given away by 7-11, of course. You and I will get mad, but the special effects will look good, and the mall theaters will be full of rabble and Hollywood "professionals" will make money and buy themselves another solid gold island or 100 Grand bar.

I'm going to drink more coffee and fume now.

Source: NY Post

Call of Duty Movie Moving Forward?


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