Activision Is Interested in Making a Skylanders Movie
Posted by Jake Shapiro
File under "least surprising news of the day"
In an interview with Examiner, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said he's open to the idea of a film based on the popular Skylanders series. After the staggering success of The Lego Movie and the recent announcement of a Minecraft flick, Activision looks forward to jumping on the film adaptation bandwagon:
It makes all the sense in the world for the movie business. They are great characters that have a built-in audience with kids, and the kids have built an affinity for, anything like that has appealing properties for the movie business.
The Skylanders phenomenon of figurine-based video games is only getting bigger, with Disney launching their rival series Disney Infinity, and now even Nintendo getting on board with a competitor of their own. But Hirshberg realises film adaptations of video games have an infamous track record:
For video game companies, I think there’s been pretty mixed results when it comes to making video games into movies. It’s obviously something we talk about, and I think Skylanders really could benefit from. You have to do it just right and very carefully so it expands the brand and builds our core business, which is making games. We want to make sure that if we were ever to do that, we would do it in a way that enhances that core experience.
Like a true film auteur in the vein of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Hirshberg's artistic vision is defined by "expanding the brand" and "building our core business." With Skylanders: Trap Team set to become another blockbuster entry in the franchise this October, what would you like to see in a potential Skylanders movie? Let us know in the comments.