Black Panther screenwriter Joe Robert Cole is all set to pen a sequel to the Call of Duty movie, bringing the first-person shooter video game series to life with his writerly talents.
Earlier this year, Activision Blizzard Studios snapped up Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah) to direct the first Call of Duty film, and already the wheels are in motion for a sequel.
The cast hasn’t yet been announced, but with a screenwriter and director on board, fans are already beginning to get an idea of what the world of Call of Duty will look like on the silver screen.
This news was revealed exclusively by Variety, who also revealed Activision Blizzard Studios presidents, Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, are producing, along with Chief Executive Bobby Kotick.
Black Panther was one of the most successful movies of 2018, beloved by critics and audiences alike.
As well as Black Panther, Cole has also worked on (one of my personal favourite TV shows of the last ten years), The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Cole wrote two episodes of the courtroom drama, A Jury in Jail and The Race Card, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
Early in November 2018, Variety named Cole as one of their ’10 Screenwriters to Watch’ for his work on Black Panther.
Vice president and executive editor of Variety, Steven Gaydos, stated:
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch, it’s clear that one thing hasn’t changed: the importance of the screenwriter.
Whether it’s finding ways to rejuvenate and reinvent the big action franchise films or insuring the inclusion of fresh and diverse voices needed to fully explore the world around us, the screenwriter remains at both the beginning and at the center of the creative filmmaking process.
A fantastic choice of screenwriter!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.