Warcraft movie pushed aside - Report

Director Sam Raimi reportedly committed to Disney's upcoming <i>Wizard of Oz</i> film; movie based on Blizzard Entertainment's property on the back burner.

The World of Warcraft franchise has been a hot-ticket item for news this week. On Monday Blizzard Entertainment nailed down a December release date for the game’s third expansion, Cataclysm. And yesterday the publisher announced that the World of Warcraft subscriber base has climbed to a new high of 12 million. Now, franchise fans are getting some not so great news.

Raimi has chosen the Yellow Brick Road over Azeroth.

According to a Deadline report, the film set in the Warcraft universe won’t be released any time soon. When confirmed director Sam Raimi dropped out of his directorial position on Spider-Man 4, many expected that would free up time for him to work on the Warcraft film. However, according to the report, that’s not the case, and the director is instead working on Disney’s Wizard of Oz reboot.

Announced at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Warcraft project remains largely under wraps. Chief details known about the project include Raimi’s involvement and that Legendary Pictures, the production company behind The Dark Knight and the in-development Gears of War film, landed the project. Warner Bros. is slated to distribute.

The most recent mention of the flick came Raimi mouth in June. He said the film was moving forward, but its script still needed attention.

"We're still working on the story," Raimi said in June. "We have a 40-page document that needs a lot more work…we're finding the characters and through the characters we're finding the story…we're trying to create realistic characters that can live in the world of Warcraft, as though you were in the game itself."

In October 2009, Raimi revealed that Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot screenwriter Robert Rodat was on board with the project. The Internet Movie Database is listing the film as arriving in 2012, but no official date has been released by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the companies distributing and producing the film.

Raimi is the 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 the recent 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 Pictures' Thomas Tull, and Raimi producing partner Joshua Donen. Blizzard Entertainment's senior vice president of creative development Chris Metzen will coproduce.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Emily162
Emily162

Spiderman 3 was decent I cant find a reasonable argument declaring it was terrible. Altho Opinions can cause stupidity

mrhagane
mrhagane

wow, this is a good way to delay the destruction of warcraft movie nice..

Poodger
Poodger

@TheTHCGamer You don't have to tell me all that man, I agree with you. I was mentioning how they are rebooting Spiderman with new actors and a darker approach

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@Poodger the raimi spiderman movies were alright but the 3rd one was straight up terrible. i understand the whole mary jane watson interaction but they made her way to whiny. its like hello stupid if i dont do what i need to do people are going to die including me and you. how could she not feel compassion towards the guy but instead she just gives him a hard time. to much drama in a comic book movie. like i said the first two were pretty good but the 3rd was just terrible. venom was casted so poorly and i could go on however lots of you have seen it so i dont have to name all the reasons why it was so bad.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

love it or not the wizard of oz is a classic. its one of those movies that hasnt and shouldnt be remade for a reason. even if the new reboot is good which i doubt its still not going to be as great as the original. why try to make a movie that is pretty much flawless when you make remakes to improve upon earlier versions of movies that werent so great. i say make warcraft an original movie instead of trying to remake a movie that doesnt and shouldnt be remade.

Poodger
Poodger

Slightly related, I heard they are rebooting Spider Man as well, and giving it a darker tone, comparable to Nolan's Batman movies. Should end up FAR better than Raimi's movies

IRoxxorUrSoxxor
IRoxxorUrSoxxor

lololol. One problem with this article: Videogames do not like videogame movies. Delaying the WarCraft Movie is GOOD news for franchise fans XD.

Captain__Murphy
Captain__Murphy

throw in Bruce Campbell and then toss buckets of blood on him, and it will end up being a decent, if not entertaining movie

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Although many will disagree (and will perhaps thumb me down), I honestly feel Spider-Man 3 wasn't that bad as it was made out to be. The ending was simply a sign of brilliant direction - makes me emotional everytime I see it !!!

Arksa
Arksa

Aww I'd much rather he ruin wow flick then a "doesn't need to made except by maybe Tim Burton" Oz. Seriously, he should stick to Xena/Hercules drivel. Wait! wow was perfect for him....

Gliave
Gliave

Closest thing to describing watching WoW game play, as a matter of fact even play it, would be to die gradually over the can from a bad case of the back door runs.... Slow, boring, and painful.

lithus
lithus

Seriously, has Hollywoods well of creativity run soo dry that we need a remake of "The Wizard of Oz"? I wish writers would get off their lazy butts and actually write something quazi original already! And I think erikkire just likes to hear himself speak. Just saying...

Trogeton
Trogeton

Warcraft movie? whoa i didn't see this coming

eriktkire
eriktkire

What happened to the tiny bits of news Blizzard revealed years ago claiming a feature length film was being made by themselves... the disgustingly talented Blizzard animators that do those awesome cutscenes??? Why do they need a big name director when they did a brilliant job crafting an absolutely brilliant story AND cinematics within Warcraft 3? But then again... do they still have the main guys responsible for why Warcraft 3 was so great? Their Diablo guys are no longer the original Diablo guys... they're doing Torchlight now (and pay attention... they made an awesome 1st game with a sequel coming real soon without it taking 10 years). Perhaps it's time to stop referring to Blizzard as Blizzard in news topics... they are officially Blizzard-Activision these days. Things ain't what they used to be in that camp.

wexorian
wexorian

warcraft got wayy big lore and sotry i don't think that movie would be awesome, but it's also intresting.

sammoth
sammoth

@HufflePuff-TLH Enjoy your break from the forums.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

so Sellout company version of Wizard of Oz > Warcraft Movie? .............wtf?

HufflePuff-TLH
HufflePuff-TLH

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Deviljohngr
Deviljohngr

Guys, there is no way, that the movie will be good!!thats because of the wrong timing of its release (at least in five years), which means as somebody already mentioned that the popularity of the franchise will drop significantly due to the release of the next gen mmorpg's. And secondary don't fool yourselves, a game transfer to the big screen was never successfull ,even more when the creators of the franchise (Blizzard) don't contribute as needed for the movie creation!! i mean the fate of the movie rests totally in the hands of some irelative people........you know who...

KBrisngr
KBrisngr

I must admit, a 40 page document sounds like procrastination, the warcraft universe is either .01 font in 40 pages or a good 960 pages are MIA. to really knock a warcraft film out of the park, they need to not only include every aspect of azeroth but also each and every side of the story being told... i mean, not just humans and night elves but trolls, cows, blood elves and those big blue guys that I can never spell correctly. thumbs up if you agree this wont be an easy transition

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

@arizothwow You DO realize that this movie is based on the ENTIRE Warcraft franchise and not just WoW? And while we're at it you spelt Azeroth wrong ;)

arizothwow
arizothwow

Anyone who has played WoW since its first released knows that cinematics are a huge part in the games story, for that same reason a movie about the game is one of the best ideas blizzard could think of. WoW has one of the most epic stories of all gaming history, this is where casual player differs from hard core player.

sammoth
sammoth

WOW has a story ? I thought it was just an endless grind of killing the same bosses over and over hoping to get better gear. Leave the franchise alone Hollywood plz stop trying to make FAIL video game movies. They never do good. Waste of money and time. Let the Developer tell the story in there games.

_rafael
_rafael

Mmmm ... porting Warcraft to Hollywood style, ends in something like 'doom'. I think it should be a Blizzard film production. But at last, it would not sell, I suppous.

fredwv
fredwv

Wizard of Oz remake? What's next? A Gone with the Wind remake?

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Man, Disney is doing a Wizard of Oz reboot? It seems like everything is being remade these days - and the remakes are almost always inferior to the originals.

yaba
yaba

How dare he?

MykelVansor
MykelVansor

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malavos
malavos

Wtf. Who should i send a "go to hell, morom" because of this news?

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

@armydominican69 Sam Raimi a bad director? Yeah right, you could do it better not? I Still find him a good one. Let's take Michael bay, Uwe Boll or Paul W. S. Anderson, are they any better?

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

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tommygun6644
tommygun6644

Announced in 2006, no signs of production anytime soon. By the time it's actually released WoW's subscription base will have dropped since all the next gen MMOs will have hit the market.

Dr_Thunder
Dr_Thunder

Well the good news is the WOW movie will get lots of rested XP.

smookert010
smookert010

They should make a movie of the warcraft 3 story line

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

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Pete5506
Pete5506

Don't know if a WoW movie would be any good

cashassa
cashassa

And that's my friends, it's what Hollywood became. Screw original stories! Now it is all about shinny remakes. What about the dreadful Alien reboot? Is that really necessary?

FkThisName
FkThisName

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Bad_Ass_Dr_Funk
Bad_Ass_Dr_Funk

He got stuck trying to figure how he could put in a Thrall/Jaina dance routine...

akiwak
akiwak

Wizard of Oz does not need a remake!!!!! Well I trust Sam Raimi, when he is given control he normally puts out a good product. When too many people are telling him what to do, WE GET SPIDERMAN 3......

BloodMist
BloodMist

Oh joy, another bastardized Disney version of a literary classic, thanks a lot Raimi.Now, I do know of Return to Oz, but Disney isn't even close to being cool enough to do a cool, dark Oz movie like that these days.Just look at how completely non-Burton they forced Burton to be when he made Alice in Wonderland.The old American McGee game was infinitely better in that regard and every other.

monson21502
monson21502

@J0nGalt, i think your right, who else would cast a flat chested ugly maryjane? i bet that dude never read a spiderman comic before in his life.

wickdawg01
wickdawg01

Im glad Raimi is not doing it. After Spider-Man 3 i've lost all hope for him and good movies

Oni
Oni

Movies like Avatar make it totally feasible to do a movie like this purely in CG. The Blizzard CG movies are amazing .. I would love to see a full WoW movie like that.

attirex
attirex

Why this movie isn't animated is beyond any logic or common sense. Live action = pure cheese and inevitable comparisons to LOTR films.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@ armydominican69 What in the world are you talking about? The Evil Dead I & II, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man 1 & 2, and Drag Me To Hell are all great movies. Sam Raimi isn't the greatest director in the world but he's far from "horrible", as you say. Sure, Spider-Man 3 is garbage, but let's not discredit all of his other great works because of one film.

Shardz7
Shardz7

Forget SpiderMang, forget Wizard of Oz (can't beat the original)...we need Sam to get on the horn and crank out EVIL DEAD IV! Now that's where the real money is...

arizothwow
arizothwow

 @Megamanx266  @arizothwow lol i was reading my comment a few times after you said that i spelled azeroth wrong lol but actually this is my main character in game, for obvious reasons i couldnt use azeroth and i wasnt trying to but when i started playing i put in this name and got accepted so there you go. and yes i know its based on the whole franchise but that wasnt my point.