Activision Blizzard has announced the hiring of film producer Stacey Sher and Disney executive Nick van Dyk to lead their newly minted film division, Activision Studios, according to Deadline. This comes as the feature film adaptation of one of their games, Warcraft, nears its release from Universal and Legendary Pictures. Activision Blizzard Studios aims to leverage other of the companies popular titles such as Call of Duty, Skylander, Diablo and Starcraft into feature film and television projects.
“Nick and I became fast friends, dreaming up what this company could be,” Sher said. “We’ll be selective, using the same approach the company does with game development, but we really intend to be aggressive and go after this.”
Although Activision Blizzard plans to self-finance a majority of its projects, van Dyk said they aren't adverse to having partnerships with others.
“We’re operating on parallel tracks, developing and exploring partnerships,” van Dyk said. “We might take financing from third parties but we aren’t reliant on it. We will control the IP and we now have the capability to do whatever we need to. We are starting with this huge treasure trove of over 1000 properties whose fan base is unbelievably huge."
Sher is a veteran film producer, having worked with Quentin Tarantino extensively from Pulp Fiction to the recent The Hateful Eight.