For the last 20 or so years the lines between video games, movies and television shows have been blurring.
Pretty much most major video games characters such as Mario, Sonic The Hedgehog, Lara Croft and numerous others have crossed over into the realms of comic books, movies and television. So this latest announcement from Activision and Blizzard who produce some of the biggest video game franchises doesn’t really come as much of a surprise.
The video game giants who are responsible for titles such as ‘Call Of Duty’ and ‘StarCraft’ are looking to set up their own production company in order to make movies and television properties based on their best selling video games titles.
The two gaming companies will have expert help in this move from former Disney executive Nick van Dyk whose been hired on to co-head the studio.
The first two projects in development will be a film series for the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise whose latest installment – ‘Black Ops III’ – is newly arrived on store shelves and a ‘Skylanders’ animated series. That second project is further along in development with talent in place including former ‘Futurama’ writer Eric Rogers serving as showrunner for ‘Skylanders Academy’ while the voice cast will include Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks. Additional voices will be provided by Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz.
It will be interesting to see how well these first two titles fare when they are released.