Modern Warfare 2 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time, and now Activision says the franchise has surpassed more than $3 billion in sales. Hollywood is taking notice and according to MW2 writer Jesse Stern, a movie adaption of the block busting franchise is something that should not be too far off.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Stern was asked what were his thoughts on games as the new comics of movie adaptions, to which he responded:
"I grew up a giant comic book fan and a lot of those titles I was always just chomping up, waiting to see them happen on screen," he said. "And I never really thought I'd get to see the day where there was X-Men movies and Iron Man movies and all the marvel comics I grew up with and I love that. I think that they've done a great job with most of them.
Jesse Stern is obviously pleased with the job Hollywood has done at adapting his favorite comics, however he feels the games adaptations have been less than stellar.
"I think the success rate with adapting videogames in the past has not been as high, but obviously the people know that these are commodities. People spend an awful lot of time in these worlds and now they get really tied to these characters. I wouldn't be surprised to see all the videogames start coming to the big screen in the next few years. They're licensing boardgames right now, so it makes a lot of sense that videogames would follow.
Stern's biggest dream though, is to see the game he wrote make it to Hollywood.
"I don't know that there's one that I'm dreaming of seeing other than Call of Duty."
11/27/09 Ernice Gilbert