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World of Warcraft coming to the silver screen

World of Warcraft coming to the silver screen

A scene soon to be enacted on celluloid?

Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft will be a movie within the next couple of years.

The developer is working with Legendary Pictures, the creator of Batman Begins, to translate the world of Azeroth to the big screen.

Blizzard spokesman, Chris Metzen, said that "From our first Warcraft game to our latest novels, our intention has always been to develop a rich fantasy universe that could support stories and products in many forms... In addition to being a truly rewarding experience for us, the creation of this motion picture also feels like a natural next step for the Warcraft universe."

We would anticipate a Lord of the Rings style fantasy adventure - and hopefully it's heading more for that direction in terms of quality, rather than other video game conversions like Tomb Raider or Doom.

Ars Technica points out that the back story of the game is certainly rich enough to support a decent storyline. The civil war, and the battles between good and evil that rock across the world, would be the perfect setting for some kind of epoch-defining closing battle on celluloid.

Of course, what would be really neat was if the game itself featured some kind of tie-in plot with the game - so the end of the film resulted in a shift in the balance of power or gameplay in the online world. That would be a crossover of proportions never before attempted.

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