Raimi directing Warcraft movie - confirmed

Blizzard, Legendary, and Warner Bros. announce Spider-Man director will helm the long-in-the-works big-screen version of Blizzard's genre-dominating MMORPG.

At the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, then-Vivendi Games-owned Blizzard Entertainment revealed a World of Warcraft movie was in the works. Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind The Dark Knight and the in-development Gears of War film, was the company lucky enough to land the project. At BlizzCon the following year, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull announced the film would be a live-action $100 million-budget epic, with a target release date of 2009.

Sam Raimi.

However, as the appointed year began, little had been heard about the World of Warcraft movie--other than it would not be directed by Uwe Boll. Late Tuesday, though, Legendary, Blizzard, and distributor Warner Bros. officially announced the first film set in the Warcraft universe has finally found a director--and it's not Steven Spielberg.

Instead, the filmmaker in question is Sam Raimi, director of the multibillion-dollar-grossing Spider-Man films and the horror cult classics Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. His most recent effort was this year's Drag Me to Hell, a horror thriller that won critical acclaim despite a PG-13 rating and so-so box office returns. The Warcraft film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment's Charles "Chuck" Roven, Legendary's Tull, and Raimi producing partner Joshua Donen. Blizzard Entertainment's senior vice president of creative development Chris Metzen will coproduce.

Interestingly, today's announcement refers to the project as the "major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning Warcraft universe." The term "World of Warcraft" is only mentioned in the footnotes of the release when referring to the "rich fantasy setting" of the game series, which began in 1994 with the real-time strategy game Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. (After being released on the PC, the game arrived on the Mac in 1996.) Currently, World of Warcraft one of those most popular massively multiplayer role-playing games in the world, accruing nearly 12 million subscribers worldwide since its launch in late 2004. No release date for the Warcraft film has yet been announced.

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9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@shooters125 next will be warcraft drinks, after that will be warcraft clothing, after that will be warcraft games of every genere, after that warcraft will be more popular than mario, after that kids will be obsessed with warcraft, after that there will be warcraft tv shows, after that there will be warcraft every thing, after that warcraft will be every where, after that 70% of the world will be obsessed with warcraft

Johan444
Johan444

Bah, they should do a Warcraft 4 instead of focusing on WOW and some damn movies, I've waited long, just hoping that they would do a Warcraft 4, I know that it's probably not going to happen but as long as you have hope....

Darkroux
Darkroux

I don't really care for the movie I just hope it doesn't turn out bad like other game movies, cuz warcraft is awesome enough without! :)

shooters125
shooters125

wow warcraft has been in everything books games and now a movie? what will they do next

matt_teh_gamuh
matt_teh_gamuh

this is risky, could change opinions of players for better or worse lol

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Hmm, I don't understand it. Most of the fun that came out of the Warcraft series was playing it. The story, at least to me, was always just more of the same fantasy that we've seen before. Sam Raimi is a glimmer of hope, but I can't find anything original that would make this interesting. Now, I'm not a fan of WoW, but I'm not a fan of Halo either, and I would still go see that film. I guess I'm not the best judge, but still, I don't see what's so exciting about a movie based on Warcraft. That, and I doubt the movie would actually be based on WoW, probably the original Warcraft titles.

mannatu
mannatu

LoL,not be directed Uwe Boll.That a-hole has done more to ruin video games for movies then any man alive.He should be shot! I bought Orcs vs. Humans when it was released in 1994.Best games ever!Hooray Warcraft movie!Hooray Sam Raimi,The director!Hooray!

believa
believa

it will most likely only come out late 2035 when the world is about ready to explode anywayz ...

zaibutzu
zaibutzu

Oh yeah baby. This news rocks!

SpeedFreak21
SpeedFreak21

hoyholyhoy wow really? im no fan of wow anymore and havent been since 04 but You are dissing wow's fan base yet you like the ff series? that fan base is far larger and more retarded than wow itself. Congrats to a nerd dissing nerds

mat1775
mat1775

@hoyhoyhoy you have no life cause you just read it yourself

En_Sabah_Nur
En_Sabah_Nur

All I know is, it's a Sam Raimi movie. So Bruce "mother effin' Ash" Campbell is going to be somewhere in it....

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

lol wtf is this? hahahaha! im laughing at all you fanboys actually anticipating this movie! milla jovavich! AHAHAHAHAHA!!! she would never do this! Oh my god i'm dying right now this is just to pathetic!

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

I think the original narratives from Warcraft 1 and 2 would be much easier to turn into a movie - even Warcraft 3, at a stretch. However, I think there's simply TOO much stuff going on, too many quests and storylines, in WoW or its expansions, to get a story that would fit in three hours or less.

WilHiteWarrior
WilHiteWarrior

none of the above. Verne Troyer (Minime) as a gnome

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

I hope it based more on the original 2 games more than WOW.

dennishachey
dennishachey

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NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

OH GOD! a warcraft movie just makes me shudder! i mean its WARCRAFT!....meaning...OH RIGHT its gonna make a S**TLOAD of money since their are SOO many playing WoW and stuff already .....but man this better not be jacked up....but as long as there is a HOT actress playing as either a night or blood elf....im set

BlazeEagle
BlazeEagle

Warcraft is much more than just WoW dufuses! Sheesh!! There was 3 games & at least one expansion BEFORE WoW even existed. There’s plenty of lore to draw from. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just being sarcastic or are just plain incompetent. I hope the movie turns out good! It deserves quality treatment.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

drag me to hell is really the only horror movie i like, evil dead series isnt horror it's comedy

AphexSpawn
AphexSpawn

uwe bolle tried to get the rights to this before and blizzard told him to go shoot himself, at least they realize what a movie desroyer he is.

Nino_ze
Nino_ze

better Raimi than Uwe Bolt, the movie is going to be a success, just think about spider man

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

It's gonna get a lord of the rings treatment, i know it... but with Raimis penchant for awkward humour, thoughtful characterization and fast paced hacktion! can't wait!

Neo_Gamer81
Neo_Gamer81

I have my doubts but I feel there is a small chance that this film will be good. Live action is tricky to do with a film like this could be. It would have been a LOT better if blizzard did a feature length CGI movie.

millustr8r
millustr8r

I want to see Danny Devito as a Dwarf.

tremor33
tremor33

A Warcraft movie? unless movie goers can sit in the dark theater for 17 hours a day for a few months watching the movie while surviving on mountain dew and hot-pockets, they wont get the true Warcraft experience. (My housemate caught the Warcraft virus so bad, he let his life go to sheet, and couldn't be bothered with the simple things in life like pissing in the toilet. Seriously, it was like he was playing while pissing, and couldn't look away from his computer screen long enough to make it in the toilet)

necronaux
necronaux

Really? Sounds like it has trillogy written all over it. But, I'd give it a look if thet got Ozzy to reprise his commercial Prince of Darkness roll.

Goupil418
Goupil418

4 strength 4 stam leather belt??? Level 18?? ahhhh !! You'll see a night elf getting his neitherweave bags get stolen right?

SirRailton
SirRailton

This movie will be big in hype and fans will love it. I love Warcraft 3 more than I do World of Warcraft, so I hope the movie will focas on the historical side of Warcraft.

demiath_egge
demiath_egge

This epic movie will begin with an exciting scene in which Thrall is charged with the monumental task of...killing 25 chicken before returning to the quest giver.

same__guy
same__guy

I just hope it wont be filmed like an all action movie with like no character backstories and/or good plot. But since he is like a master with horror movies and other great movies, the characters are going to look great, most specifically the orcs.

wars45
wars45

io think they will make it 3 movies long

fattass21
fattass21

its because they can never fit everything into one movie. 2 to 3 hours is just not enough to make a game into a movie. thats why some parts are extremely stupid, and some parts they leave out completely. and if they dont follow the story line, well, then its just stupid then. but a wow movie, seems to interest me just a bit XD

Buffalo2867
Buffalo2867

To those asking how we know the movie will suck before it comes out yet, the answer is that we're just following trends. I have yet to see a single good movie adaptation of a video game. Not one. Mind you Uwe Boll does like three fourths of them but still. :P Even the non Boll ones are pretty aweful or so so at best. Call me a pessimist but if this is good it'll be REALLY bucking the trend.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Hmmmm..... Never thought there would actually be a movie. This will be intresting

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

At least its not Uwe Boll who's directing it(he has like 3-4 movies in IMDb's bottom 100 list, most for any director btw), its about time someone stood up to that bastard and have finally got a director with some good movies under his belt to direct a video game based film. i haven't played any warcraft games or WoW, so i don't really know what the story will be like, but now that we know theres a good director for it we can at least expect it to be good.

Parvez-
Parvez-

GOING TO BE LEGENDARY!

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

Two words. PURE AWESOME!

Onizou
Onizou

I can't wait for the day Warcraft dies for good.

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

@ Elvis4576 it's not at all like making a game out of the Sims. the Sims is an open ended game, in which you 'sim'ulate life by giving characters stats, right? the Warcraft franchise has four games' worth of lore, and I challenge you to read up on it before you suggest that the story is as deep as the Sims'. also, people don't seem to be differentiating between WoW and the greater Warcraft franchise. WoW is set a year after Warcraft 3, and even then, there are things happening in that game other than people banding together to just kill a dragon, and there's pretty much absolutely nothing going on in the game (any of them) which is at all like the basic plot of LOTR (involving taking an item of power into enemy territory to destroy it and therefore save the world). suggesting that two popular fantasy franchises are obligated to share the same plot is tantamount to suggesting that two popular action franchises are obligated to have the same plot. just think if a CoD movie were to follow a Halo movie. if you know anything about both franchises, you'd understand they're not the same.

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

as someone who can spend an hour leading scores/times on lore trivia bot channels, I can honestly say there's very little in the lore that they couldn't make an interesting movie about, and a lot of things that are out there that haven't actually been experienced in any of the games.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

With all respect but Sam Raimi is a very good director how on earth did he accept to do this :S Did they blackmailed him or something or maybe he just loves WoW, beats me :S Anyway if this turns out like the Dungeon Siege or Dungeons and Dragons movie we are in for some frustration here xD Not even Raimi could save this movie IMHO Lol I also heard James cameron is planning on doing Battle Angel Alita, is he out of his mind or what...

T_C_W
T_C_W

where the story line going to come from, and typical hollywood will somehow make a lovey duby part forbidden love you noe, still would be funny seein a orc mak it wit some night elf mayb

spazmo_69
spazmo_69

why live action WHYY!!, blizzard should just make it like there WoW cinematics, but I'm interested to see how it will turn out, hopefully a great movie to go with a great game.