‘Saving Private Ryan’ Screenwriter to adapt ‘World of Warcraft’
The latest news about the big screen adaptation of the online game World of Warcraft, is that Robert Rodat, the screenwriter who penned The Patriot and Saving Private Ryan will be writing the script. With such an impressive pedigree, it should be interesting to see what transpires. It’s sure to be a step above recent adaptations like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which it briefly shared a similarity with, when the title was changed on IMDb to World of Warcraft: The Rise of Lich King.
The change led to speculation that the movie would be based on the novel World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. However, the IMDb listing has since been changed back, and, director Sam Raimi, who has been attached to the project since it was announced in late July, insists it will be a complete original.
Raimi, whose most recent outing was the horror film, Drag Me To Hell, recently talked to MTV about Rodat coming on board and how he plans to approach adapting a video game with such a devoted fanbase. He said,
We want to be really faithful to the game. We would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a World of WarCraft adventure. Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture.”
Raimi, said he plans to satisfy fans by portraying,
the Horde and the Alliance and the mythology that takes place in the game, and the archetypes that the game presents. I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible.”
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Rodat, who was hired to write the pilot for an untitled Steven Spielberg TV pilot which is currently filming, and has been tapped by, director, Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) to adapt Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation trilogy. With Bicentennial Man and I, Robot being the most recent examples, Hollywood doesn’t exactly have a great track record with Asimov, so we’ll have to wait and see how that one turns out.