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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Will Be A Total Blow Out!

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This could work. But if Uwe Boll is within 10 feet of this I am going to make sure there will be an 'accident' with the screenplay.

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PLEASE don't let this suck and runi WoW...

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i wonder what the story line will be like? who will be the good guys and the bad guys.

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I think this would be kind of hard you could make this movie but it really not be wow. Like just putting the people from the game in the movie will not make it WOW.

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Hmmm, kiss goodbye to Starcraft 2, Ghost (I think the last nail was put in it's coffin), Diablo 3 or a patch containing something called "Customer Support" for WoW. After this...they will be swimming in money, even more so then before. Greedy greedy Blizzard :)

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Just another way to milk every penny out of their users. Wonder if it will be true to the game and let us watch a bunch of guys killing the same thing over and over and...

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Blizzard will periodically patch the movie as well.

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rijk, I hope they make, like a reference, like a minor character being called Leeroy.

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Leeroy Jenkins!!!!!! Might be a good film, but we'll have to sit and wait.

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Where the Wild things are is going to be a Movie? SWEET!! Also, this might be good.

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lol, they should get the guy who did Gollums voice to do the Murlocs!

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it better be cg... that's all i have to say.

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Anyone seen Batman Begins? Legendary Pictures production company basically revived the batman movie franchise with their first picture. I have a feeling that it's a 74% chance that it will turn out pretty good

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oh god no STOP WITH THE MOVIES! first superheroes and now they're gonna start with this and slowly murder us all

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i dont care about WoW movie i care about the new alliance race in burning crusade

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Yeah I pretty much only have faith in Peter Jackson to direct it, since he rocks, and he's executive producing the Halo movie in 2007 (which I'm convinced will be the first great video game movie). But I'm wary of video game movies in general, very wary. Writers of Videogame movies never seem to understand the difference between film, and games, and that is usually why the movies suck.

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WoW, just WoW. LOL!

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I'll be sorely dissapointed if it's not animated. I honestly don't see how you could adapt WoW to a movie format using live action and not have it turn out like a Sci Fi special (dungeons and dragons anyone?).

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this is one of those situations where it can only be very good or horrible lets hope its the former and not another spirits within(shudder)

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if Peter Jackson get this movie im sure it will be a good quality fantasy movie and will also be long (this is for WoW fans) :P

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wow lol hopefully become an epic film like lotr

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I rather it be like Final Fanasty 7 Advent Children ... a CGI movie ...

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Last I heard Konami was really happy about Silent Hill when it was released. We all know where that went. Let's just hope Blizzard knows what the hell they are doing. This could really ruin things.

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eberkain that is becuase most game movies are not made by the people who made the game itself. Instead its people buying the rights off them to make it how ever they want so from some one who has played the game it is not the same and loses all feelings to it. Now if Blizzard supported this and made it how they want its more or less going to be like all the cinemas from warcraft 3 spliced together... or so i would hope.

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oh my god, somebody else out there uses the bionic commando icon! (oh, and yeah, blizzard has the weight to make sure it doesn't suck, I'd bet)

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I wonder if this game movie will be any good...

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This could suck, but let's hope Blizzard adopts a zero tolerance policy with this...either make it great or don't release it at all.

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Way to early to be excited or completely right this off. I'll just keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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Good way to kill a franchise. What's the last game-based movie that was any good, and how many have failed miserably since then.

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Nice~~~~!!!!!

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yeah very good news

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Only Mr.Boll is man enough for this job!

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That could be good or suck totally ass all the way!

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will shamans be able to kill anything without even trying in the movie too?

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wow...oh wow!!

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