World of Warcraft movie loses director

Spider-Man captain Sam Raimi exits upcoming film based on Blizzard's popular MMORPG; no replacement revealed.

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The World of Warcraft movie has suffered a setback. CraveOnline caught up with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi at Comic-Con last week, where the filmmaker confirmed that he was no longer attached to the forthcoming film based on Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game due to his work on Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Raimi is out as the World of Warcraft film director.

"Actually, they don't have me directing World of Warcraft anymore, because when I took the Oz job they had to move on to another director," Raimi said. "They had to start making it."

No mention was made concerning a replacement for Raimi as the World of Warcraft film director. As of press time, Blizzard has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

The World of Warcraft movie was announced in 2006. At the time, Blizzard stated that its intent was to make "one of the best films in the world." In 2009, Raimi officially came aboard to direct, and later that year, Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat was announced as the film's writer. In 2010, Raimi offered more details on the film, saying he had a 40-page document that "needs a lot of 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," he said at the time.

Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters in 2013 starring Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Family Guy), James Franco (Spider-Man, 127 Hours), and Michelle Williams (Dawson's Creek, Shutter Island). It is a prequel to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and tells how the great wizard arrived in Oz and became its ruler.

World of Warcraft remains the most popular MMORPG on the market. It has 10.2 million paying subscribers, and a new expansion--Mists of Pandaria--is in development.

Discussion

139 comments
gravemate
gravemate

i really hate ppl whom consulting hate speech about wow. and i also hate ppl who callng others as "nerd".  Let me explain sth; If you dont like the game  do us a favour Please Quit Playing Wow as Fast as you can. This is a GAME, game's are fundementally built on the philosophy of "entertaining ppl". So; i'm not claiming that "everyone must like this game !" i'm just saying ; if you dont like the game, stop playing it, and stop making hate speech about it. its too easy right ?

greek5
greek5

Typical of Blizzard to announce something in 2006, and progress is still unknown. Really pathetic.

redness19
redness19

After Spiderman 3, I think this movie would have been the nail in his coffin. I love Sam Raimi, I love the Evil Dead series, first two spidermans were great, third sucked. I can't imagine a WoW movie being his big comeback.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

The bigger surprise would be if anything was happening on the film.  Raimi is *usually* a good director but he was always a bad fit with this project.

toddx77
toddx77

Wasn't one of the reasons there wasn't a Spider-Man 4 because Raimi was doing WOW?  So basically the Amazing Spider-Man was made for nothing lol.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

this game is WAY too demonic... and they are making a movie out of it??? not a good sign...

 

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

A World of Warcraft film? HA! I would actually go to see that just to be surrounded by over the top nerds.

 

It'd be like an episode of The Big Bang Theory.  Quality.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Who cares really. The chances of this being any good were probably very slim to begin with. Damn Hollywood and their running out of ideas again. I know that Sam Raimi has made other movies besides the Spiderman ones, I just don't know which. With that, I really didn't care for the Sman movies, then again, I don't really like any of the Superhero movies.

Shawn45
Shawn45

Wow, I didn't know that a movie of WoW was still even being talked about. I heard about it years ago, and then nothing.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

We need this just as much as the poor looking Halo movie/series.  On a side note, why is Raimi directing a prequel to a movie/book that already has a proper prequel (Wicked)?

jhcho2
jhcho2

I remember hearing about the WoW movie many years ago. Frankly, I didn't know it was still a good-to-go.

Luminious0
Luminious0

Sam jumped ship like the rest of us.. probably when he saw the lame ass panda expansion

Stiler
Stiler

I do not get it, Blizzard has hands down some of the BEST CGI in the world, each cutscene in their games is remarkable and well above most CGI films in terms of details and scope.

 

Why not use what they already know and make a great big epic CGI based WoW movie where they can do whatever they can think of?

mastergundam
mastergundam

maybe he just realized there is "Activision"  word came before Blizzard then he quit.. (jk)

Drakillion
Drakillion

*Sam Raimi leaves as the director

Uwe Boll: Hey guys! :D I th-

Everyone: NOOOO!!! Get out! Out! OUT!

Uwe Boll *sad face. Leaves

 

"So how about a CGI movie? You know, like those amazing commercials that you see on TV? The one's that look like it might be passable as a movie, you know?"

 

"Uhhh, HELL YEAH!"

X-RS
X-RS

"upcoming" I'm sure lol

Tittle certainly says it all.

Nosoor
Nosoor

dude i dont know whats wrong with hollywood they keep ruining games for the sake of money 

 

the problem is none has ever made it

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Great. Now get rid of the whole damn project. Very little good comes out of video game movies.

hadlee73
hadlee73

This is Uwe Boll's big chance! :P

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i think this wow movie is going to end up just like the supposed halo movie, in the dumpster. im pretty sure the only reason a movie was announced was just so it would boost game sales.

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

bad news I think Sam Raimi would have been perfect director for this movie

Vendettaaaa
Vendettaaaa

only peter jackson can do this ,eles the epic story gonna turn to a crap movie

Link3301
Link3301

Well now they can actually make the movie. 

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @toddx77 Raimi and Sony disagreed on where to take the story. He gets to make the Oz movie and produce his new Evil Dead movie, so I don't think he sees it as a bad trade-off.

redness19
redness19

 @toddx77 And Toby (spiderman) didn't want to do any more, something about his back being bad.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

 @warhawk-geeby This is the part where you try to convince everyone, mostly yourself, that you're not an over the top nerd as well.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @blueboxdoctor Which Wicked are we talking about here? The play or the book? Both are very different.

 

Anyway, none of those prequels are 'offiicial' or anything (and there is no Oz 'canon' beyond Baum's books anyway) so anyone is free to make their own interpretations.

Shawn45
Shawn45

 @Stiler Because that would be extremely expensive. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cost around 130 million dollars to make, and they didn't make nearly enough back to justify the costs - hell, it almost destroyed Squaresoft at the time because they lost so much money.

MadParadox
MadParadox

 @Stiler Agreed with you on that bro. They should just have a person play a human while the rest r cgi. But, oh well, you know blizz. 

Yagami-san
Yagami-san

Yep. Lost all faith in Blizzard with their Diablo3 fiasco. The name "Blizzard" used to be synonymous with "great" and "quality". Now, "greed" is all that comes to mind when I hear blizzard.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @J_Dangerously Ooo good call.  Unfortunately I'm nowhere near intelligent/socially inept enough to be classed as a nerd.  I can live in hope though!

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @10V3n0M01 Is the movie about the Holocaust or the horrible side of humanity? If not, I don't think he will start doing video game films again.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

 @airmikee99 True, but I can't help but thinking it's just a cheap way to cash in on a classic, but hopefully it'll be good.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

 @LordRaymond True, I didn't know it was a Disney movie, but that explains why it looks similar to the recent Alice in Wonderland movie.

airmikee99
airmikee99

 @alecrast82 A majority of our species still believes in an imaginary sky fairy.  Popularity doesn't equate to truth.

 

airmikee99
airmikee99

 @blueboxdoctor I saw a preview for it last night before watching the new Batman (awesome), and this new Oz movie looks like it could be really good.

 

alecrast82
alecrast82

 @airmikee99 "A majority of our species still believes in an imaginary sky fairy." // I see, and where are your valid arguments for that? Or are you just complaining for the sake of complaining?