Activision Blizzard teases the possibility of an Overwatch movie. Tim Kilpin, the head of Activision’s Consumer Products Group, reveals that the company would “very much” like to make a feature film based on the hit multiplayer shooter.
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Activision is already working on a Call of Duty film and when MCVUK asked Kilpin if an Overwatch movie could happen next, the executive responded with “We would like that very much.”
Kilpin goes on to explain that:
“We’re a platform and a portfolio, these franchises exist across multiple platforms, so it’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s linear content [movies and TV] as a way to expand the audience and expand the opportunity and then esports [too], because pull all that together and you’re talking about franchises that are frankly like no other.”
As MCVUK notes, Kilpin previously worked at Disney, helping the company to make Pixar movies more profitable. The publication highlights Overwatch‘s cartoonish, Pixar-like style and its well-designed characters as a fabulous starting point for a possible movie.
If Blizzard did decide to produce an Overwatch movie, it would have to avoid some obvious pratfalls. For example, the company has been hit with cultural appropriation criticisms, particularly with Pharah’s Native American heritage.
Given that Hollywood already has a poor history of presenting characters of color (of which Overwatch has several), Blizzard would have to make sure it is especially careful in bringing the game to the big-screen. The already present concerns with representation in the game would only be amplified.
Blizzard would also be pressured not to gloss over the identities of LGBTQ characters as Hollywood is also known for its poor representation of LGBTQ people and stories. The personal lives of the Overwatch characters will be presented in a big way in the movie, no doubt. As such, Tracer’s girlfriend Emily should be included, alongside the romantic relationships of any other characters in the game.
At this stage, it’s unclear whether the movie would rehash existing lore or be a brand new story altogether. Of course, an Overwatch movie hasn’t even been confirmed yet, despite Kilpin and co.’s interest in making it. A film adaptation would be incredibly exciting, though, so fingers crossed.
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