Skylanders is one of the most influential new franchises to come out of the last generation, not only earning billions for Activision, but inspiring the likes of Disney and Nintendo to embrace its new business model based around NFC figurines. Surely due to its success, Activision is considering making a movie based on Skylanders, but remains cautious to avoid a cash-grabbing shipwreck.
“…there’s been pretty mixed results when it comes to making video games into movies. It’s obviously something we talk about, and I think Skylanders really could benefit from. You have to do it just right and very carefully so it expands the brand and builds our core business, which is making games.” — Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Acitvision
I think the nature of the Skylanders universe makes it one of the best candidates for a game-to-film adaptation, but of course, as with many others, it’s also easy to screw up.