A Call of Duty Movie is Actually Closer Than We Thought?
Way back in May, we reported on a very minor tidbit of news regarding a Call of Duty movie, based on the ever-popular series of video games. Since then, we haven't really heard much else on the Call of Duty movie front. However, with the extremely succesful release of Modern Warfare 2 (another sequel in the series) last week, I'm sure Hollywood is antsy about getting a movie into development. Interestingly, the NY Post has a small update from actor Kevin McKidd, who voices Captain 'Soap' MacTavish in the Modern Warfare games, and it sounds like it might be further along than we thought. Or at least there's more to the rumor.
"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," he revealed to PopWrap. Then came the kicker, when asked if he would be bringing Soap to life in the movie, he said, "if the script is good, and Gerard isn't available [laughs], then absolutely."
I may be reading between the lines a little too much, but it sounds like they have an actual team developing this, and a script is being written (which was more than we knew in May). If they're already at a point where they're joking about which actors they want, then Activison must be serious about getting this made soon. But as with before, I have to bring up the same questions I had originally. Will this follow the World War II-set story in the earlier Call of Duty games or will it be based off of the contemporary storyline from the Modern Warfare games? And would either story even make for a good movie? Is there even an answer?
And if you're interested, McKidd also told the NY Post that there's a script for a feature version of HBO's "Rome" floating around Hollywood. It's about time McKidd got some good exposure up on the big screen!