While Blizzard released Overwatch shorts, an Overwatch movie is something we wish would happen but haven’t heard of, so far.
In an interview with MCV Activision Blizzard consumer products president, Tim Kilpin said that an Overwatch movie is something they would “like very much.”
We would like [an Overwatch movie] very much. These franchises exist across multiple platforms, so it’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s [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.
Kilpin has a background at Disney and Mattel. At Disney, he was vice president of franchise management for Pixar so he has a history of animated movies.
While this interview doesn’t confirm that an Overwatch movie is in the works, it does leave the door open for it being a possibility in the future. While that means it is too early to get hyped, Kilpin is working on a file for another Activision franchise, Call of Duty. The live action war film based on the shooter franchise is finding its way with a script being developed and reviewed. There is no word on which Call of Duty timeline it will follow as futuristic ones give more creative freedom than a Call of Duty: WWII based film.
Anytime you take a franchise as storied as [Call of Duty] and expand it into a new form factor you have to be really careful. So frankly, if the script and the story isn’t right we won’t do it. It’s not one of those situations where someone is saying ‘I don’t care, just get it made!’ that’s not what’s happening. We do think that if it’s done well it has the opportunity to expand the base audience, beyond the traditional foundation that the game appeals to.
If and when Blizzard get to making an Overwatch movie, we just hope they stick with the art style of the animated shorts rather than trying to shoehorn in a live action style. Overwatch is designed and ripe for a good animated movie to come from it.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.