E3 06: World of Warcraft headed for Hollywood

<i>New York Times</i> reports that Blizzard plans to announce its PC MMORPG's jump to the big screen on Tuesday.

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LOS ANGELES--World of Warcraft has been rumored to be jumping platforms to the Xbox 360 for some time, but if The New York Times is correct, the next jump it makes will instead be to the world of film.

The Times is reporting that Blizzard will announce Tuesday that its massively successful, massively multiplayer online role-playing game is set to be made into a big-budget fantasy picture along the lines of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, with Warner Bros.' Legendary Pictures handling the production.

Director, cast, release date, and budget are all undetermined as of yet, but the paper quotes Blizzard CEO Paul Sams as saying that the goal is to make "one of the best films in the world," a World of Warcraft pic that will appeal to gamers and nongamers alike. He said Legendary Pictures management was keenly attuned to what Blizzard wanted out of a World of Warcraft film. Legendary's first film was Batman Begins. Other projects being brought to the big screen by Legendary Pictures include Superman Returns, The Ant Bully, Where the Wild Things Are, and Frank Miller's 300.

Discussion

245 comments
vault-boy
vault-boy

It has been almost four years since somebody last commented... until now!!!

jeffv541
jeffv541

I hate this game. I would rather DIE than play it for even a second. Can't imagine how badly the live action crap would suck... "grab your cape and wooden sword we're off too the woods for another craptastic battle"

lordmasterrof
lordmasterrof

They can easily pull it off - go with the "Arthas against Illidan" story, and then make a sequel were Arthas is the "lich king" and so and so :)

Ubergosuprogg
Ubergosuprogg

Live action I think, I think they can pull it off they're good at what they do I'm sure they can make a storyline that werks with fans and non fans alike. we'll see what they come up with though.

Ryan123Fan
Ryan123Fan

I think they'll have to come up with a brilliant storyline, or it'll kinda suck. As with most game-based-movies, the storyline sucks. And since they're usually just one movie, it'll be too short to fit in an epic, legendary story. And another problem like YoePoeJoe said, maybe only Warcraft players or those that read any warcarft lore would know what they're talking about. Sure they could make it "understandable" to everyone, but they might break lots of lore and warcraft history, which will great disappoint a lot of fans like me...

ultim8-rovdyr
ultim8-rovdyr

so will it be a live action movie, or animated? or maybe along the Beowulf lines?

Lauren201294
Lauren201294

If they don't make it on the WC3 and WC3 The frozen throne storylines it will suck, if they doand do it right, it will make game to movie history.

darth-revan
darth-revan

"Smoolander Simply put, fantasy movies do not sell. The only ones that do are those have a HUGE literary base behind them, al la LOTR and Harry Potter. A WoW movie would be a financial ruin." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would call over 8 million subscribers a relatively large base for profit.

Titanfan2083
Titanfan2083

I only saw the first and last movies on this list but those were incredible, i really loved them

JohnnySoftware
JohnnySoftware

Pretty exciting. The South Parks TV show episode titled "Make Love, not WarCraft" and the raft of decent World of WarCraft crafted music videos available on YouTube prove that this game is great for producing entertainment video. Squaresoft, makers of the Final Phantasy video games for game consoles went under due to the cost of producing its Final Phantasy motion picture. It was good, but probably not worth burying the company to produce. Hopefully, Blizzard will not follow the same path.

acucar
acucar

Have you ever played Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos/The Frozen Throne? Do you remember the cinematics from those games? If Blizzard makes a film... that would be cool... ain't I right? :)

arthurdayne
arthurdayne

There better be two naked night elves making out in that movie, otherwise I will be really disappointed HAHAHAHAHA

Urrego
Urrego

umm, Perhaps it will totaly suck ass, but perhaps it will be great, as some1 upthere said, they dont release a game unless its A+++, um, if they can make it look like the Lords Of the Rings it would be awesome

doffythebest
doffythebest

This is both positive and negative. If they get te feeling right it could be a good movie, but on the other hand they could make one hell of a big blowup on it.

Thor1981
Thor1981

I can see it now: I pay for the ticket, get popcorn, sit through previews. Then the movie opens with "Handshake..." then the movie projector either freezes or crashes. Seriously, I am curious as to how this would look on celluloid...

mister-sandman
mister-sandman

blizzard never releases a game if they dont think it is A++ game (starcraft ghost and warcraft adventures anyone?) so that prolly means or this movie is gonna be a LOTR beater. or there wont be a movie

Axelpwnsall
Axelpwnsall

eberkain_basic said, "What's the last game-based movie that was any good, and how many have failed miserably since then." and my answer to him is FF7 the advent children

Smoolander
Smoolander

Simply put, fantasy movies do not sell. The only ones that do are those have a HUGE literary base behind them, al la LOTR and Harry Potter. A WoW movie would be a financial ruin.

allsportsgp
allsportsgp

WoW was fun in 2005 and early 2006 - time to move on folks, stop wasting your lives on a product that fails to deliver. Those that play know what I'm talking about, no need to explain all of it's downfalls here. Go live your life! Best Wishes, Former WoW'er since joined USAF.

burn6
burn6

Mr. Boll is definitely a killer! I hope WOW is not one of his agenda in the coming years. :P

obi_2_kenobi
obi_2_kenobi

Man, that movie is going to suck so bad!

vegedus
vegedus

This would be great... If Blizzard made it... Imagine a film looking like the Warcraft III CG's! That would be totally cool! I say films based on fantasy games should be animated *points to advent children*

hardhittin12
hardhittin12

hey i liked Mario Brothers the movie. And the New final fantasy movie was good. ok mario bros sucked but final fantasy was good

YoePoeJoe
YoePoeJoe

Probably only warcraft fans will understand whats going on in the movie.

Kessel
Kessel

Kinda nervous, 300 looks terrible, and they haven't named a director yet. Everyone make the sign of the cross to keep Uwe Boll away.

Popy_arthas
Popy_arthas

I'll keep silence until we get more info... And ill keep a thread of hope over my sceptic wiev of the subject.

stephant_6
stephant_6

This can definitely hurt the franchise if the movies suck.My dad thinks its dumb how I play WoW all the time so if it got made into crappy movies he'd rip on me for the rest of my life*eek*.But they could turn out to be awsome!

EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

screw WoW! they announced a zelda movie!

deathosaurus22
deathosaurus22

i wantz my char to be famouse!! hez gonna get a part in teh movie w00t

riandro
riandro

WAHOO! cant wait...... where is it? when is it? who is it? what is it? how is it? MORE INFO plz0r

V1RuS0fL1fE
V1RuS0fL1fE

Its probably gooing to be good...but in a sucky way? :s

Kastigador
Kastigador

Movies -> Games... Maybe. Games->Movies... Suck(unless you get to ogle Angelina Jolie). It doesn't matter though cuz WoW is so popular they're bound to make a profit just from the 6 millions active players alone. I'm just looking forward to their take on 50 man raids. Some guy sitting there spam healing a tank for 15 minutes... wooooo.... exciting.

Jogo19853
Jogo19853

I hope they won't make some crap from this. After King Kong I'm not sure if Peter Jackson is good enough to make a movie about WoW

ewjim
ewjim

They will ruin another game...

UmbrellaMaster
UmbrellaMaster

Sooo... will the movie include a whiny community of night elf females who never stop dancing, act suspiciously male, and constantly make chuck norris jokes? If not, there's no way I'm watching it because it's not true to the game world.

Armoured_Mage
Armoured_Mage

hmmm wonder if mages will 2 shot every1 in da film.

bboyart
bboyart

The movie made from game probably won't satisfy game fans but it could prove commercial like Doom3.

Lord_cornholio
Lord_cornholio

This can very well be the best thing that has ever happend to warcraft. If this turns out well, which i think it will, they should definetly try it for starcraft and make sequels.

fatzombiepigeon
fatzombiepigeon

If Peter Jackson gets to make it, it would definitely rock. Hopefully they give it to him. He would make it into a masterpiece.

chic-warmer
chic-warmer

YES!!!!! ALWAYS THOUGHT OF 'if there's gonna be a halo movie..y nt warcraft!' AND FINALLY ITS GONNA BE THERE!!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOO!!!!

ddrfan
ddrfan

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WoW Movie !

calvinalex911
calvinalex911

cool a warcraft movie will realy be mind blowing

SwiftBullet
SwiftBullet

Umm... Well sounds... interesting but id like to point out that games and movies have never really had good transitions... Perhaps blizzard can pull it off but seriously speaking movies that turn into games or vice versa suck (except maybe Final Fantasy XII amongst other exceptions)

NNY420
NNY420

it shall suck.. need I remind everyone of Bloodrayne the movie.. sure she was pretty hot and you got to see her boobs but still.. it wasnt worth it.. this movie would surprise me if its any better.. if it was about a guy who played wow soo much he thought he was a level 23 knight or whatever.. that could be intresting.. cuz I dono how people can be dumb enough to pay to play.. things like this shouldnt be making soo much money, we should be demanding they make the game free to play.. yeah.. then the movie would be intresting.. well actually it would be too real. and people would be freaked the **** out.. I dono.. Im quiting smoking soo everything is just grr..

diablusx
diablusx

If it goes LOTR trilogy type then it will one of the most sweetest movies ever...but if it goes for a story about a lone anything it will fall into the land of suck (D&D).