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.

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no one cares

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i hope this one rocks have alot of expectation, the last game based movie i saw was DOOM n it sucked.

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I am excited, but anyone who uses overboard terms like "hope to make the best movie in the world" are surely destined to fail. Very few Gaming movies get it right, but if there's one game that might get the budget and attention it needs to succeed, it's WoW.

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that's awesome

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OMG! how can they possible make a movie story-line when there is almost NONE in the game??? I can only picture a mideocre movie, with all flash and no story, and with no story it will be a flop! Not because I dont like WoW I just cant see it, it's easier with halo, they have a great story-line and even books to work on with great stories adn excitment,. If they want to make a movie they should concentrate og Warcraft in all not in only World of Warcraft ;) ythis way its a bit easier to see what we can expect and may even see =)

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...sigh.

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I am of the same opinion as Gabbelgak, but maybe this one could be better

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Did nobody see king kong? LotR was great but I lost a ton of faith in Peter Jackson with the release of king kong.

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Great news i think will be a good idea to bring more player to World of Warcraft

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whistle whistle!! sonds cool...

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I suck Dick and so do tauren! this will be an awsome movie

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thats stupid

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Ohhhhh my gooood i've always wanted a Warcraft movie.Please make the main title theme Battle For Evermore, please please please.

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One can only hope the 1) the script is excellent and 2) the director is as good as Peter Jackson. ...or else it could suck.

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I'm guessing there'll be a cameo role by Leeroy Jenkins...

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A WoW movie... now that would suck....

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wowwwww....a movie would be interesting....sexy too

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Nice, I wish it doesn't flop out like Metoide and Mario Bros. 2, but u got to give it that to Hollywood, they have no more good idea and they re-do old good movies to make them worst

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Actually, it's a movie based off of Warcraft, in general. But the fact that the studio that did Batman Begins is doing this gets me SO excited. Could this be the first real GOOD video game movie?

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its gonna blow just like the game

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why couldnt it be a movie on the strategy games. THE STORY IN THOSE ARE SO MUCH BETTER

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I sense epic CGI battles. A cast of up and coming stars with one or two stars thrown in to get the punters in the seats. But am I excited over this announcement? No not really. Lara Croft films were alright. Silent Hill kinda flopped, and Res Evil films well she's easy on the eyes atleast. Will it be worse than grinding through the game itself? NOTHING can be that bad. Can it?

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if it stars Chuk Norris im going to puke..

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if they do make a film... it has to star.... Chuck Norris...... really... it would only be fitting....

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WOW!!! It's going to be ala LOTR film. It would be the most anticipated film.

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this movie has potential if they make a movie with a budget like lord of the rings they should be able to make a very believable and good movie the story line of WoW is already a great one.

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IMO though, when they say World of Warcraft as the title of the movie, that means include the warcraft serie. Why, u ask? Because Warcraft actualy happens inside the "World of Warcraft". In Wow, you have background history (You can re-read the user manual of Wow game, they have a huge section of history in there). Maybe they will have some other story in the movie, conjunction with the story of Thrall and such. I have read the Sunwell trilogy, and i was good actually with all the dragons and such. CGI is good, as well as real actors movie. The fact is I love the intro trailer of WoW. But I was also thrilled when I watch the battle in "Return of the King". I wanted to screaming out loud when the Rohan armie charged the Mordor scums. Man, that was really amazing. Bottom line. We should not debait about the name of the movie, but how it is gonna be executed.

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FF7 AC kicked total ass

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Oh god, as if a poorly made RTS and a god awful cookie cutter grind of an MMO wasnt bad enough. Now they are making it into an awful movie as well! God help us all! Oh well, at least Blizzard made Starcraft and Diablo. Too bad the rest was so bad...

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Warcraft? What about WarHAMMER?

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It's impossible for this to fail, Ghost was cancelled because Blizzard felt it wasn't up to par. Of course, that's not confirmed but we all know that's why. I mean, have all the doubters actually played WoW. There is a great wealth of story lines, characters, locations. If you ask me, the Warcraft universe is far more expansive than anything Tolkien every wrote.

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Okay, if this is true, it won't be based on WoW alone. It will be based on all the mythology of the Warcraft universe. It may take place during the same time as WoW, but to say it is a WoW-based movie is just naive.

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WoW movie?? *Wow* Since it is Blizzard... It'll be an awesome movie. That's all that has to be said about it.

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javascript:submitPost(); Submit They need Leeroy Jenkins in this!!!!!

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no...oh no

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Warcraft movie before Diablo? Screw Blizzard!

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How about a big PvP competition and the name(s) of the winner(s) will be in the movie? it would be good :)

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Blizzard is good in patching thing up, so I will recommend the movie after it pass v1.5 LOL LOL LOL

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Obviously, if they put the same standards they have for their games, the movie will turn out fantastic :D maybe a bit delayed, but fantastic nonetheless.

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I'll be in the movie. Sabelas The Mighty Warrior Who must battle the savage Horde in a battle of wit, strength and defense. ZOMG +9,000 defense OWNED! From The Alleigance It would hilarious if someone killed someone in the movie then was like "PWNED!"

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LOL oh god please not Uwe Boll! That guy's a turd!

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i hope it will be a great film as of the LOTR, well, we'll see.

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This'll be much much bigger than LOTR.

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I honestly dont know what to say, i love the game so if they screw up ill be mad, its got the potential to be good

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The only way I think this movie will be sucessful is if they do it cg style like with their cutscenes in-game style with W3 & WoW. Add in good voice actors and keep the movie true to the storyline ingame then BAM instant success. (oh plus don't forget a good damn director)

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I'd much rather see a WoW porno. but oh well. and I bet they'll charge you a monthly fee just to go see the movie.

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So cool

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Okay.....

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This will suck...its just not a good idea.

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THERE IS NO GOD.

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