Sam Raimi Set to Direct Warcraft Movie

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Sam Raimi Set to Direct Warcraft Movie

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Spider-Man director Sam Raimi has been signed to direct a film adaptation based on Blizzard's massively popular Warcraft universe.

Raimi broke into the industry at the helm of the cult classic Evil Dead films before hitting the big time in 2002 with Spider-Man, which broke numerous box office records and went on to become the highest grossing film of the year, bringing in over $400 million in North America alone and generating two even more lucrative sequels. His most recent project was Drag Me to Hell, a critically well-received return to his horror roots.

"Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have a shared vision for this film and we searched at length to find the very best director to bring that vision to life," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "From our first conversation with Sam, we could tell he was the perfect choice. Sam knows how to simultaneously satisfy the enthusiasts and the mainstream audience that might be experiencing that content for the first time. We're looking forward to working with him to achieve that here."

A Warcraft film has been in the works since at least 2006 but little has been heard about the project in recent yeras. Cast and script details have not been released but according to the Internet Movie Database, the film now has a tentative release target of 2011.

"At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story," Raimi said. "I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen."

Raimi's selection as director of the Warcraft film is a good one; he brings not only competence but a legitimate and essential nerd cred to the job. His presence, not to mention the participation of Blizzard which at this point seems pretty much immune to failure, means that we might just be looking at the first videogame movie in history that doesn't suck.

Side note: Anyone who's a fan of Raimi's work would do well to check out If Chins Could Kill, the autobiography of Raimi's long-time friend and collaborator (and B-movie icon) Bruce Campbell. While ostensibly about Campbell himself, the book contains a wealth of information about Raimi, with a particular focus on the years of the Evil Dead era. It's a lot of fun and a must-read for anyone interested in what it's like in the decidedly-unglamorous trenches of the movie industry.

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Well, here's hoping it's any better than "Drag Me to Hell". "Drag Me to Sleep" is a more fitting title.

I am definitely seeing this movie.

I am VERY excited about this =)

Sweet!
Demon Hag Forsaken awesomeness.

Good, a director who can deliver. Drag me to hell completely restored my faith in this mans ability to keep me watching the screen.

I'll only see this if it's based on the Warcraft games meaning 1-3 and not World Of Warcraft. I would not pay to go and see hours of grind.

Let's hope that in the middle of directing this film he does not go on his Night Elf Rouge and PvP for the next 2 tears.

What I Want To See: "Evil Dead" director tells a grand story of heroes, magic and the undead.
What I'm Glad We Don't Get: Uwe Boll fucks up another video game series with a shitty movie.
What We'll Probably Get: Oh shit them Horde 40 levels below me be bad guys, kill them, lolz corpsecamp.

I'm only sold if I am guaranteed at least a cameo of Bruce Campbell. I do think this is a good fit for Sam Raimi though. If he can apply the same principles of combining horror and comedy to the Warcraft setting, which has always had a vein of humor running through it. It could make for an interesting and enjoyable film.

This seems like a good fit, but I want to know what part of the Warcraft mythos he is going to use.

I'm excited; I'm cautiously optimistic that this could be at least the first good video-game movie. Hitman came close, but no cigar.

Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

Anyone who's seen Xena; warrior princess can probably imagine how this is gonna turn out.

Well thank fuck Uve boll isnt making this movie. At least they gave it to a competent director, instead of a guy who couldnt miss the point of game related movies if he fired in the other direction with his eyes closed.

It's a generalized rule of show business that you simply don't give Sam Raimi a budget to work with. Never forget what happened to Spiderman. Sorry Sam, I won't forgive you for the dance number and emo haircut - simply uncalled for and unfunny.

I like Raimi better when he isn't doing blockbusters. You know, when he's actually forced to be creative. (Meaning the studio execs aren't sugar-coating his movies with bullshit.)

I really hope they get some product placement into this film.
Person 1- "Oh no we not a high enough level to fight"
Person 2- "We need Wraith of the litch king to win"

ViktorValentine:
Well thank fuck Uve boll isnt making this movie. At least they gave it to a competent director, instead of a guy who couldnt miss the point of game related movies if he fired in the other direction with his eyes closed.

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/52322

"We will not sell the movie rights, not to you...especially not to you." - Blizzard

Just in case you missed that.

I'm happy! Also remember that everything that Blizzard releases has to be quality or else they won't release it. They'll most likely review the movie to deaht before releasing it.

And if the director needs money Blizzard will probably sponsor it and most likely make the announcement and advertisement ingame.

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

I wonder if it will be like lord of the rings?

Malygris:

Side note: Anyone who's a fan of Raimi's work would do well to check out If Chins Could Kill, the autobiography of Raimi's long-time friend and collaborator (and B-movie icon) Bruce Campbell. While ostensibly about Campbell himself, the book contains a wealth of information about Raimi, with a particular focus on the years of the Evil Dead era. It's a lot of fun and a must-read for anyone interested in what it's like in the decidedly-unglamorous trenches of the movie industry.

you also forgot Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way which is full of awesome and all Bruce all the time

this movie should be good, i think Sam will do it some justice

I know a whole bunch of WoW nerds will leave their basements to check this out... and I might be among them... but is a Warcraft movie really necessary? Yes, there's a ton of decent lore and quite a few deep & memorable characters, but don't we get most of their stories told through the game? I'm just afraid of this being another botched video game movie.

Then again, it IS Raimi...

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

Bored Tomatoe:

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

ah, guess i read it wrong...ok, yeah..i agree then

Bored Tomatoe:

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

Elaborate, please. I'm curious as to how you think the story has been mutilated.

Casual Shinji:
Anyone who's seen Xena; warrior princess can probably imagine how this is gonna turn out.

Exactly what I thought. I like Sam Raimi's stuff but I just get the feeling it will either be a mess of references to a game I've never played and thus feel left out. Or another generic fantasy film. It's just such an odd license for a story.

Ha! and me thinking hollywood cared about plot and well rounded characters. (I'm sure they'll be well rounded physically)

If this ends up being something tied to WoW and totally skipping out on the 3 games(not counting expansions) that came before then I will start burning down every movie theater I see that's playing it.

Okay. I can live with that.

I really would like to see what Uwe Boll would have done with it, strictly for teh lulz, but this'll do.

Amnestic:

Bored Tomatoe:

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

Elaborate, please. I'm curious as to how you think the story has been mutilated.

The blood elves joined the horde, as did the Undead, they killed Illidan and took away the massive battle in place of some capture the flag matches. The night elves for some reason joined the industrialist humans and Dwarves, who seem bent on destroying nature, which doesn't seem to bother the night elves anymore. Also, there are Gnome Death Knights, GNOME DEATH KNIGHTS. You tell me the lore isn't mutilated.

As with all Sam Raimi movies, this could include a cameo from Bruce Campbell, which, I'm all for. Bruce Campbell is Thrall! Or Bruce Campbell is, Tirion Fordring, lol. Would be quite amusing.

Ehh I hate to be a downer, but warcraft lore is too far seeded into nerdem to make anything better than a children's quality movie at best. I've played through the entire warcraft series, and played WoW for 2 years, but I'm pretty sure even I would be embarrassed to admit to people that I was going to see this movie. The names of the characters alone are embarrssing to pronounce. But who knows, maybe this will be the next LOTR.

Bored Tomatoe:

Amnestic:

Bored Tomatoe:

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

Elaborate, please. I'm curious as to how you think the story has been mutilated.

The blood elves joined the horde, as did the Undead, they killed Illidan and took away the massive battle in place of some capture the flag matches. The night elves for some reason joined the industrialist humans and Dwarves, who seem bent on destroying nature, which doesn't seem to bother the night elves anymore. Also, there are Gnome Death Knights, GNOME DEATH KNIGHTS. You tell me the lore isn't mutilated.

So very very true.

OT: Very excited about this, given that Blizz will have a hand in this, they're quality control nutjobs, they'll see it done right.

Lono Shrugged:

Casual Shinji:
Anyone who's seen Xena; warrior princess can probably imagine how this is gonna turn out.

Exactly what I thought. I like Sam Raimi's stuff but I just get the feeling it will either be a mess of references to a game I've never played and thus feel left out. Or another generic fantasy film. It's just such an odd license for a story.

Ha! and me thinking hollywood cared about plot and well rounded characters. (I'm sure they'll be well rounded physically)

Well, atleast they tied a high-profile director to a game-to-movie adeptation.
It'd be great if it was like, World of Evil Dead Warcraft.

Bored Tomatoe:

Amnestic:

Bored Tomatoe:

shaltir:

Bored Tomatoe:
Hopefully they'll use the lore up until WC3... You know, when it made sense...

what was hard to understand about WC3? the story of thrall was in a different game so it isn't like warcraft 3 was completely out of left field.

What? I meant up until as in stopping with warcraft 3, and not using any of the mutilated story from WOW.

Elaborate, please. I'm curious as to how you think the story has been mutilated.

The blood elves joined the horde, as did the Undead, they killed Illidan and took away the massive battle in place of some capture the flag matches. The night elves for some reason joined the industrialist humans and Dwarves, who seem bent on destroying nature, which doesn't seem to bother the night elves anymore. Also, there are Gnome Death Knights, GNOME DEATH KNIGHTS. You tell me the lore isn't mutilated.

Don't forget about the Dranei. I mean... holy shit wtf happened there? It was like a sci-fi convention suddenly took over WoW for an expansion. I know that the orcs were originally aliens, but at least they were able to tie that into a fantasy plot with magic and portals and whatnot, no crystal powered spaceships flying around.

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