As Activision reveals that they are opening a film studio, they also announced that they will be releasing a Skylanders TV series.
Yes, that?s right, a Skylanders series is in the works, Activision is serious in heading towards film-making. The TV series will be called Skylanders Academy and it will be an animated series based on the same popular Skylanders game franchise. The series is currently in production and will be under the supervision of Eric Rogers who became a script writer and writer assistant for several known television series namely Brickleberry, Futurama, Lie to Me and NYPD Blue. The show will also feature the voice talents of Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb, High School Musical) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks. Not details on the plot of the animated series or if it will feature a complete new story. There is also a plan to create a series of films based on the hit Call of Duty franchise either both in film and TV series format.
Activision is serious in creating original content for both movies and series as it has a large line-up of popular franchises, from Blizzard?s Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series to the Call of Duty games and the kids favorite Skylanders, which is a video game and toy hybrid that lets you collect toy figures and use them on your game.
Activision Blizzard?s CEO Bobby Kotick said that “Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television.”
Nick van Dyk, who is a Disney veteran, was named as co-president on the newly formed Activision Blizzard Studios, the new division will focus on creating original content based on Activision?s popular franchise. In an interview, Nick van Dyk stated that “Our library spans more than 30 years of global entertainment culture and, in the last 12 months alone, fans of Activision Blizzard properties have played and watched our games online for more than 13 billion hours. This gives us a huge, passionate and deeply engaged audience that is hungry for more great content built from the universes they already know and love?and which are extremely broad in their appeal.”