Overwatch and Starcraft Adaptations Possible, Based on Skylanders' Netflix Success

Overwatch and Starcraft Adaptations Possible, Based on Skylanders' Netflix Success

Skylanders: Academy on Netflix is apparently doing well and Activision Blizzard Studios is tentatively moving forward.

This time last year, Activision Blizzard announced Activision Blizzard Studios, a production studio dedicated to bringing the publisher's properties to other mediums. At the time, the studio announced the animated Skylanders Academy and a Call of Duty film as the start of a "robust cinematic universe".

Skylanders: Academy debuted on Netflix at the end of October and the show has proven rather popular for its chosen demographic. For Activision Blizzard Studios, that's a proof-of-concept showing that it is on the right track. In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Activision Blizzard Studios co-president Stacey Sher said that they're also looking to adapt other titles, like Overwatch and Starcraft, to new mediums.

"We're going to do more but we're going to move very carefully and thoughtfully," said Sher. "We've already announced that we're going to do Call of Duty as a big feature film and that's an example of matching the game to the medium. We're going to pick the best medium [for each title] be it film, TV or shorts - the one that best serves each franchise individually."

"The way television engages you is different to the way games engage you," she added. "In games you are the character, in filmed entertainment you empathise with characters and you go on journeys with them side by side."

Skylanders Academy has a second season coming to Netflix in late 2017. The Call of Duty film does not have a director or screenwriter attached yet, and as such, doesn't have a release date yet.

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