Video game maker Activision Blizzard has set producer Stacey Sher to team with former Disney executive Nick van Dyk to run the newly created Activision Blizzard Studios. The pair will be co-presidents and lead an effort to create film and TV titles from Activision-Blizzard properties such as “Call of Duty”, “Skylander”, “Diablo” and “StarCraft”.
Although Activision-Blizzard will self-finance development of its games, the newly created entity will seek to create partnerships with studios and outside financiers. According to van Dyk, Activision-Blizzard Studios “might take financing from third parties but we aren’t reliant on it. We will control the IP and we now have the capability to do whatever we need to. We are starting with this huge treasure trove of over 1000 properties whose fan base is unbelievably huge.”
Sher comes to Activision-Blizzard touting an impressive resume that includes producing credits for “Pulp Fiction”, “Django Unchained”, “Erin Brockovich” and “Gattaca” on the big screen as well as “The Badlands” and “Reno 911!” on television.
Activision-Blizzard’s first video game-turned-into-movie will be “Warcraft”, which will be handled by Universal and Legendary and is due for release on July 10, 2016.
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