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‘Call of Duty’ Movie Eyes ‘Sicario 2’ Director Stefano Sollima

Activision’s franchise bet has been in development under veteran producer Stacey Sher

For its franchise hopeful “Call of Duty,” Activision Blizzard Studios is chasing director Stefano Sollima, TheWrap has learned.

Sollima is currently in discussions to handle the successful video game’s first trip to the big screen, an individual familiar with the project said. Kieran Fitzgerald will write the script.

Sollima directed the forthcoming “Sicario 2: Soldado,” starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. The border thriller’s gritty tone should tell you something about the direction the studio is taking the film, under the care of veteran film producer Stacey Sher, Nick van Dyk, Coco Francini and Bobby Kotick.

Representatives for Activision anf Sollima did not immediately return requests for comment.

“Call of Duty” is a blockbuster video game property for the studio’s parent Activision Blizzard. Sher (“The Hateful Eight,” “Erin Brockovich”) and partner Nick van Dyk has shepherded similar properties like the animated “Skylanders Academy” for Netflix and have options on mobile gaming juggernauts from King Digital Entertainment.

The news was first reported by Variety.