Sam Raimi To Direct ‘World Of Warcraft’ Movie
Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft, has announced that the hugely popular interactive, multi-player game will finally be made into a movie. The project, which has been stalled since it was first announced in 2006, will undoubtedly have an enormous built-in fanbase, as more than eleven million people pay $14.99 a month to subscribe to the game online.
Sam Raimi is currently attached to direct and it will be released through Legendary Pictures, a distribution company that was aquired by Warner Bros. in 2005. The previous movies released under this partnership include the mega-blockbusters The Dark Knight and 300. In Blizzard’s July 22nd press release, Raimi is quoted as saying:
At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic action-packed story. I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.
This announcement has come after the most recent projects for both the studio and the director failed to take off at the box-office. Warner Bros.’ Watchmen was a disappointment, as was Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. That will mean little in the long run, however, as Raimi, who also directed the hugely sucessful Spider-man series, will surely bounce back when the fourth installment of that franchise hits theaters in 2011.
He is obligated to complete that before starting on Warcraft. And Legendary Pictures should have some hits with a roster of upcoming new releases that includes sequels to 300 and Superman. Warcraft is “emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which our studio is best known,” says Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov.
Posted below is a trailer for the 2006 release of the game: