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Casting call? Guitar Hero could become reality TV show

Get those fingers limbered up all you living room rock stars.

The hit video game "Guitar Hero" could become a reality TV show and/or a real-life concert tour, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

"Hero" is from Activision Blizzard, a leading video game publisher that wants to turn some of its games into TV and film properties. Discussions are also under way to turn Activision's "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" video games into movies.

The film company Legendary Pictures picked up the film rights to "Warcraft" about three years ago but not much has happened since. Legendary knows how to make hits, co-producing a string of hits with Warner Bros. that includes "The Dark Night" and "300."

Asked about the future of the "Hero" franchise, Activision Blizzard CEO

Bobby Kotick

told The Hollywood Reporter, "It might make for a good TV show or a good concert tour."

Kotick said that video games, especially family-friendly "Hero," are "capturing leisure time away from TV and film."

Before it hits TV, though, there are several new "Guitar Hero" games on the way, including "DJ Hero," which includes a turntable-shaped controller along with hip-hop, Motown and other dance music, and "Band Hero" for younger players featuring top-40 hits.

There's also a "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" and a "Guitar Hero: Smash Hits" coming soon.

And by "smash hits," they don't mean the guitar.

Leave that to the professionals.

| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star

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