Film producer Stacey Sher was named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, which she will run alongside former Disney executive Nick van Dyk. Together they will develop Activision Blizzard franchises for film and television. These iconic videogame franchises include Call of Duty, Diablo, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft.
Sher is a renowned film and television producer who has already produced more than two-dozen major films, including Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained. She received an Academy Award nomination for the former, as well as a nomination for producing the Steven Soderbergh film Erin Brockovich. Her credits also include Garden State, Contagion, and the recent AMC hit show Into the Badlands.
In a statement, Stacey Sher said, “As its large and loyal fan base can attest, Activision Blizzard has created franchises that mean so much to audiences over the course of 35 years. I’m excited about our mandate to create filmed entertainment based on Activision Blizzard games that is as great as the games themselves.”
Any announcement of a film being developed from a videogame is very rarely met with praise or anticipation from gamers. This is because, let’s face it, Hollywood does not have a good track record of creating films or TV shows from videogames. Many game studios are now taking charge of their own intellectual properties in an effort to ensure they are adapted in a way that does justice to their franchises. But until we see a good film based on a videogame, it remains to be seen if they can succeed.