The forthcoming Call of Duty movie has named its director.
Sicario 2: Soldado’s Stefano Sollima will reportedly be taking on director duties . According to Variety, Sollima is currently in negotiations for the role.
While the film is currently without a distributor and the plot is currently under wraps, there have been a few announcements.
Activision Blizzard Studios’ presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk will be producing the film along with Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick. Kieran Fitzgerald has written the script and will develop it along with Sollima.
There are also reports that the film could be the beginning of turning the franchise into a cinematic universe like Marvel or DC.
Sollima’s forthcoming film Sicario 2: Soldado will be released later this year. However, lead actor Emily Blunt won’t be returning for the sequel.
Blunt starred in the acclaimed 2015 crime thriller as an FBI agent tasked with taking down a Mexican drug cartel. Though her co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin both have roles in the upcoming seque, Blunt’s character Kate Macer will be absent.
“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” Sheridan told TheWrap. “Her arc was complete… I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”
He continued: “Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc.”
Sheridan added: “What do you do next? She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have Taken? I had to tell the story that was true to this role, and I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for Kate somewhere else down the road.”