It’s a question that has been on every Overwatch enthusiast’s mind since the team-based shooter title first launched onto shelves: Is an Overwatch movie a real possibility?
The thought seems to have started with the game’s enticing cinematic announcement trailer, which got potential players acquainted with the initial Overwatch hero roster, and has only become more frequent and more intense as developer Blizzard has delivered numerous character-centric animated shorts. As it stands at the time of writing, the overall Overwatch short film collection consists of 66 minutes of content, making the idea of a full-length cinematic feature an irresistible one.
And, according to Activision executive Tim Kilpin, an Overwatch movie could be in the cards.
Chatting with MCV, Kilpin dished up that publisher Activision is optimistic about the idea. “We would like that very much,” he stated. “We’re a platform and a portfolio, these franchises exist across multiple platforms, so it’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s linear content [movies and TV] as a way to expand the audience and expand the opportunity and then esports, [too], because pull all that together and you’re talking about franchises that are frankly like no other.”
Activision and developer Blizzard are no stranger to translating a video game for silver screen viewing, as the pair made their first attempt at a film adaptation with 2016’s Warcraft, but the task is not an easy one to accomplish–as evidenced by the Rotten Tomatoes score Warcraft received from critics (an abysmal 28 percent). However, the film did fare quite well with franchise lovers, 77 percent of whom really enjoyed the game-to-movie translation. Given that Overwatch has a less-expansive-in-comparison lore than that of the Warcraft series, perhaps it will be more manageable to mold into an enjoyable piece of cinema that both critics and fans can appreciate.
It’s important to note that while yes, this Overwatch-related news is worthy of a happy dance and a celebratory tweet or two, nothing has been confirmed at the time of writing, but we wouldn’t be surprised if something starts cooking up behind the scenes in the near future.