Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is working on a video game movie, with a new rumor claiming it will be Activision’s Call of Duty.

RED NOTICE – Dwayne Johnson is the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley in Netflix’s RED NOTICE. Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber, RED NOTICE is releasing November 12, 2021. Cr: Netflix © 2021

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Johnson recently hinted at being involved with a video game movie in an interview with Men’s Journal. “I’ve always been a big Madden fan,” Johnson explained. “I can’t tell you which game in particular we’re doing, but there will be an announcement this year.”

“We’re going to bring one of the biggest, most badass games to the screen—one that I’ve played for years,” Johnson teased. “I’m really excited to bring it to fans around the world. Of course we’re going to do right by our gamer friends—but really we’re just going to make a great movie.”

Red Notice. (L to R) Dwayne Johnson as John Hartley and Ryan Reynolds as Nolan Booth in Red Notice. Cr. Frank Masi/Netflix © 2021

Following this claim, Giant Freakin Robot claims via an inside source that Johnson is in talks to make a Call of Duty movie. Faith McKay writes, “Dwayne Johnson is currently in talks with studios about making a Call of Duty movie.” 

Details about the film’s potential plot were not known, though the series has a plethora of stories to choose from if this rumor is true. The games have tackled everything from World War II, to real and fictitious modern-day conflicts, to future warfare with high-tech gadgets and arms.

Source: Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021), Activision

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Activision were reportedly talking about creating their own cinematic universe around the Call of Duty franchise in 2015. By mid-2020 however, Activision stated movies were no longer their priority.

In addition to this, Activision Blizzard faced nigh-monthly controversy since July 2021. They were sued for sexual harassment and discrimination by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Source: Call of Duty: Warzone (2020), Infinity Ward, Raven Software

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Blizzard staff staged multiple walk outs in support of the company’s accusers, with Call of Duty: Warzone testers later walking out over 30% of their colleagues abruptly being laid off. 

The latter may explain why Warzone has seen major criticism against it being “littered with hackers and bugs” and “a technical nightmare.” Such bugs have seen premium character skins become distorted, and the implementation of an anemic anti-cheat software

Dwayne Johnson as Frank and Emily Blunt as Lily in JUNGLE CRUISE. Photo by Frank Masi. © 2020 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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All of this makes it surprising that Johnson would want to be involved with Activision. However, Activision Blizzard is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 billion.

If Johnson had any concerns working with a controversial company and franchise, Microsoft’s involvement may have helped convince him there would be changes for the better. Likewise, Giant Freakin Robot proposes the buyout could be why Activision is interested in films again.

RED NOTICE – (L-R) Dwayne Johnson is the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley; Ryan Reynolds is the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth; and Gal Gadot is the world’s most wanted art thief “The Bishop” in Netflix’s RED NOTICE. Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber; RED NOTICE is releasing November 12; 2021. Cr: Frank Masi / Netflix © 2021

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This is not the first time Johnson has been involved with video game films. 2018 saw him in Rampage. The film made over $428 million, and was somewhat well received by audiences [1, 2] if not by critics.

On Rotten Tomatoes the film received a 51% Rotten Tomatometer score from critics and a 72% Audience Score.

Source: Rampage Rotten Tomatoes

2005 saw Johnson in Doom. Loathed by fans, critics, and general audiences alike; the film bombed in its opening weekend, and to date is still $2 million shy of recouping its $60 million budget.

It had a Tomatometer score of 18% and an abysmal 34% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes Doom

Johnson was also recently revealed as The Foundation in Fortnite, and will be starring in Black Adam on July 29th, 2022.

Dwayne Johnson is Frank Wolff in Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. Photo by Frank Masi. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Would you want a Call of Duty movie with Dwayne Johnson? What could set it apart from being just a military action flick? Would it need to be? Let us know on social media and in the comments below!

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