Following last week's news that Arrested Development stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman had teamed up with Activision to provide "original video programming" for their upcoming Call of Duty social networking hub, Elite, the publisher has now added another name to their list; Ridley Scott. Yes, the director of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator is now on-board with Call of Duty Elite, along with his brother, Tony Scott, who's also a director. Man on Fire. Check it out.
According to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, they're amassing a talented and experienced team to provide "exclusive episodic entertainment built just for the Call of Duty community. We are working with the likes of Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, Ben Silverman (we assume that's The Office executive producer) and Ridley and Tony Scott to create this content."
"Just like any other passion that people spend a lot of their free time doing, Call of Duty players share a common language and a common experience," Hirshberg went on to explain, "and we think we can create some entertainment content that they will love and talk about and share." It's unclear whether the Scott brothers and the Arrested Development duo will be combining forces or working on separate projects, but either way it's a mouthwatering prospect and an ambitious declaration of intent from Activision.
In other Call of Duty news, Hirshberg revealed Black Ops has now whistled past the 25 million mark, with over 14 million map packs sold to date. Incredible numbers. "Call of Duty has become more than a game," Hirshberg explains. "It has become a pop culture phenomenon with 30 million players." [USA Today]