World of Warcraft movie gets Blood Diamond writer

Charles Leavitt writing latest script for upcoming film adaptation of Blizzard's MMORPG; Activision CEO Bobby Kotick says the film is "important."

When the World of Warcraft movie lost Spider-Man director Sam Raimi last month, it looked as if the film based on Blizzard's MMORPG might be destined to stall. However, Blizzard and Legendary Pictures are pressing on, with Hollywood news site Variety reporting today that Blood Diamond and K-Pax writer Charles Leavitt has come aboard to pen the film's newest script.

The World of Warcraft movie presses on.

In 2009, Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat was announced as the World of Warcraft film's writer. It is not clear if Rodat and Leavitt will pen the movie's script together, or if Rodat has left the project.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told Variety that Legendary Pictures has been meticulous in its approach to adapting World of Warcraft for the silver screen.

"[It's] important to Blizzard, it's important to me," he said. "They're very excited about having a World of Warcraft film. They've been very careful and thoughtful about the development process."

No replacement for Raimi--who left the film to work on Oz: The Great and Powerful--has been announced, but Variety says a search for a new director is underway. Legendary Pictures is also currently working on a Mass Effect movie, though details on that project remain scant.

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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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161 comments
mary-li
mary-li

I am looking forward to this movie.

mochen0125
mochen0125

"movie is just an assistant method to  explore wow fan. the most important for blizzard i think is to get the game better and better so that gamers will be more and more "---http://www.farmer100.com

llen77
llen77

I am really will be so happy if they will get Michael Bay to direct the WoW film. Raimi knows only to spoil the essence of WoW. Hope they will pick him. I have been longing for a WoW real movie for 8years .

Primmly
Primmly

The movie has the chance to be something amazing, but only if it's NOT live action. Unless there's going to be a good mix of live action and CGI, like Lord of the Rings or Avatar, then they should just stick to making it a great 3D movie with graphics like in the games trailers. 

Aeondeity
Aeondeity

If it's not CGI, I struggle to see it living up to fans' expectations.

Game to move adaptions very rarely work; we want an alternate reality, with passionate acting, acting that I've only found in CGI films, due to passionate CGI teams.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

The biggest and most obvious problem this movie will suffer from is the fact that my character will not be in it! :(

mariopedroti
mariopedroti

I hope that the movie is as good as the games , blizzard always makes things with quality , but a movie of world of warcraft can be good , because wow has such a great and big story , if they play this right , they can make more than one and win allot of money and new players to world of warcraft .

mindpurge
mindpurge

People shouting for Uwe Boll most likely have no idea who he is. It would be an awful mix.

 

Blood Diamond was a pretty damn good movie, if you didn't think so, it's probably just not your type of movie. Violent and extremely brutal, unforgiving and very real. People living in those situation experience death all around them everyday.

 

It'll be interesting what type of horrific brutality he'll bring to World of Warcraft.

Albaficas
Albaficas

give it to uwe boll the guy knows his sh!t :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

travo0159
travo0159

James earl jones as Lich king, he did a good job as darth vader

Itachhi
Itachhi

They are going to choose the history about a fat panda monk who saved all azeroth with his mega panda skills.

AshTrai
AshTrai

I'm curious as to what story they will chose from the warcraft universe...the lore is absolutely humongous.

losman01
losman01

No one go see this movie!  Another cash grab to trick the Blizzard fans.  Remember May 15th...

Ashmodai69
Ashmodai69

Make a full length CGI movie! Blizzard has some of the best CGI videos in their games and i would pay to see a full length movie of that.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Well, I had high hopes but was skeptical before, now I figure we might as well throw in the towel. The guy writing it is mediocre at best and adapting a screenplay from a different work is hard enough when its from a similar medium like a book or play, so making a screenplay based of a video game world is probably going to be next to impossible for him. I still hope its good, but I highly doubt it. I'm gonna guess a Rotten Tomatoes score at 12-24%, any takers?

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

In my opinion, I just do not see this movie going well as usual. I wish I was wrong, but with the writer of Blood Diamond my hopes are down low, since the story of written for that movie was pure awful to me.

alonchan
alonchan

I like the idea, and have thought a Warcraft movie could be cool a long time ago i guess a World of Warcraft movie could work.

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

its safe to say that it'll be a big flop at the box office just like John Carter.

brunorr
brunorr

They should just adapt Warcraft 3 for the big screen.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Twenty bucks says the movie focuses on Alliance Humans. 

 

Just sayin'. 

S-181
S-181

from the ashes of movie tie-in games, a new horror emerges... game tie-in movies :O

jyml8582
jyml8582

Too many ppl want to watch the movie, so blizzard decided to nerf the awesomeness of the story. Aren't you thankful?

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Okay Uwe Boll, time to step up. It's the movie you were born to direct!

Vambran
Vambran

Blood Diamond was Rated R. Just saying.

Albaficas
Albaficas

cant wait to see this movie flop

 

mdboomer
mdboomer

Great the guy behind two boring movies takes over!

Andreas4500
Andreas4500

 @buccomatic im pretty sure blizzard isnt working on that project, they ARE working on games, if u read the article, theyre letting another company do their movie...

Tyrael696
Tyrael696

 @mindpurge I agree with you hopefully it will be epic this is taking a lot of time and they haven't canceled is possible that it will be a great film even for people that doesn't know the game.

 

having those writers is going to be good they are preparing a very good story.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

 @mindpurge Doubtful as I would wager that a World of Warcraft movie will be shooting for a PG or PG-13 rating

travo0159
travo0159

 @Itachhi Go Go bamboo eating and sitting on ass, classic panda death move

GamespotAudio
GamespotAudio

 @Ashmodai69 We all know that would be insane, but it would also cost a bagillion $$$, and take 7 years to make.....

jazilla
jazilla

 @Suikogaiden 90% of Pixar movies are good, or are favorably received. I can't name more than 3 movies total that Pixar has done that I didn't like, and there are a lot of Pixar movies. Compare that with video game movies on the whole, I would say they would be smart to try and get Pixar to do something with it, but Pixar is into crafting original properties and stories. For every really good movie made from a videogame  you can name me, I can name 5 bad video game movies.  I think your hope is unfounded.

SemperFiAngel
SemperFiAngel

 @danielkennedy91 Good lord you can only pray its anything like John Carter except this time with better marketing. John Carter was amazing.

bernardoneves
bernardoneves

 @danielkennedy91 they have at least 10 million people (subscribers) that will go see it plus people who played wow and the rts warcraft 1, 2 & 3 and there friends.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Fartman7998 Pretty sure they already confirmed it will, but your guessing this because somehow you think the entire story focuses on the Alliance when its probably more focused on the Horde now. 

Dragazzo
Dragazzo

 @Fartman7998 Twenty bucks says it will not be just one movie.

 

A trilogy would feel more blizzard-like, don't you think?

Albaficas
Albaficas

 @mdboomer blood diamonds was epic l2 watch movies

instead watching uwe boll movies and b crap overall

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

 @jazilla

 I am pretty sure the only Pixar movie that a number of movie critics said was a major dissapointment was Car 2. A number of critics said the problem with Cars 2 was its plot which I think has something to do with Lightning McQueen having to race in an international race competition, while Mater joins with a secret agency to stop the cars that are after Lightning. Typing that part with Mater  joining  the spy agency sound awfully cheesy to me for some reason. Every other movie they done so far are well done.

Albaficas
Albaficas

 @vault-boy it wil lprobably be a lotro rip off

good way or bad its still will be

Albaficas
Albaficas

 @FlawlessGoBot what troll blizz fangirl...

the guy is joking...dam u blizz nerds,get out of your caves once in a while....let the sun hit you

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @interrasteral7 Cars 2 was a pretty terrible movie, it was just spy cliches with cars in it. I could have worked as one of the Pixar 10 minute shorts but as a full length movie it was awful which sucks because Pixar is my favorite film company. Hell, I think Toy Story is the greatest trilogy of all time (yes, including Lord of the Rings).

 

aestevenson
aestevenson

 @Suikogaiden Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Bros, and Wing Commander were horrible.  Just horrible.  Not a single redeeming quality... except for maybe that they weren't Bloodrayne.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Suikogaiden Your really bluring the lines between childrens movies and family movies. A childrens movie is a movie designed specifically for a child (think any direct to DVD movie advertised on Nickelodeon). A family movie is a movie where anyone could enjoy the movie despite their age, whether they are with there family or not, which Pixar is the king of. But I guess I get your point. Still I think all the movies you listed above where bad movies, although I will admit that lots of people might have been to harsh on them just because of the medium the franchise originated from. 

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @Suikogaiden I must be misunderstanding what you said because only an absolute moron would claim Resident Evil, Mortal Combat, Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros, and Wing Commander were anywhere even close to Pixar's movies (with the exception of Cars 2, that movie was terrible). 

FlawlessGoBot
FlawlessGoBot

 @Albaficas Wow, got a serious case of butthurt going don`t you? And how exactly is suggesting someone that is wishing Uwe Boll, even jokingly, on ANY movie project being a troll constitute being a Blizzard fan?