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Sam Raimi to direct World of Warcraft movie

Sam Raimi to direct World of Warcraft movie

Sam Raimi previously directed the Evil Dead and Spiderman films, both of which had Bruce Campbell in them.

Legendary Pictures and Blizzard have confirmed the circulating rumours that Sam Raimi will be directing the upcoming World of Warcraft movie, which has been in pre-production for several years now.

The rumour was confirmed this morning by Variety, after Ain't It Cool News reported that the director was almost certainly attached to the project.

Also attached to the project is Charles Roven, producer for The Dark Knight and Blizzard's Senior Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen, who'll co-produce the movie. Raimi himself will be supervising early work on the World of Warcraft movie while also directing Spiderman 4 throughout next year.

Raimi is a somewhat unusual choice to direct the movie obviously, but his cult appeal from the Evil Dead series and work on classics like The Hudsucker Proxy has earned him a certain reputation, as has his close work with actor Bruce Campbell - who is now virtually guaranteed to get a cameo in the the film. His work on the Evil Dead film and his blend of slapstick comedy and over-the-top gore could potentially be well-suited to the World of Warcraft universe too.

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

No other details about the film are available at the moment, but the press releases do refer to it as 'Warcraft', not World of Warcraft.

Our pals over at Den of Geek have cobbled together a nice round-up of some of Sam Raimi's best non-horror films, so head over there if you want to check out his credentials. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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perplekks45 22nd July 2009, 12:08 Quote
Running out of ideas Hollywood, are we?
Rkiver 22nd July 2009, 12:11 Quote
World of Warcraft the movie was announced to those of us who worked in Blizzard two years ago. Just surprised it took so long to announce the director....
DaveVader 22nd July 2009, 12:19 Quote
What's the plot?
Zoon 22nd July 2009, 12:19 Quote
I can't help but find that my waning interest in the game will not endear a film conversion of it.

At least it ain't gonna be Uwe Boll this time.
l3v1ck 22nd July 2009, 12:22 Quote
WOW movie? Same theme as LOTR but it has no chance as being anywhere near as good.
yakyb 22nd July 2009, 12:30 Quote
whos going to play leeroy Jenkins?
crazyceo 22nd July 2009, 12:32 Quote
"Gimme some sugar baby!" C'mon Campbell! Bruce is a legend.

Are we going to see "The Sword of a Thousand Truths!" and will we see a nOOb use it?
Farting Bob 22nd July 2009, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
Running out of ideas Hollywood, are we?

Yea because adapting books - like the majority of famous older movies did shows so much more imagination..
logan'srun 22nd July 2009, 12:37 Quote
Saimi + Campbell = Gold

Best. Campbell. Quote. Ever.

"How could I have gone from the king of rock'n'roll to this? An old guy in a restroom in East Texas with a *growth* on his pecker. "
AshT 22nd July 2009, 12:41 Quote
I'm not sure my bum can handle watching 2 hours of grinding and griffin riding.

Strange choice of director, would be cool to see Bruce on his horse getting chased by 'Large Rat 2 Attack 1 Defence', and like Dave said, whats the plot?

Will be hard to capture the whole idea of levelling a character so will it turn out to be another expensive Dungeons and Dragons flop?
CardJoe 22nd July 2009, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun

Best. Campbell. Quote. Ever.

"How could I have gone from the king of rock'n'roll to this? An old guy in a restroom in East Texas with a *growth* on his pecker. "

Wrong.

It's clearly one of these:

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logan'srun 22nd July 2009, 13:04 Quote
Huh?
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Jamie 22nd July 2009, 13:11 Quote
I hope it's true to the game where by you follow a lone character as he tried to find 5 man groups for instances hours on end. Grinds mobs for the same rare mats all day and tries to sell some high level enchants for hours.
yakyb 22nd July 2009, 13:25 Quote
yeah a rocky montage of LVL 10 - 20 running deadmines over and over again
Blademrk 22nd July 2009, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
Saimi + Campbell = Gold

Best. Campbell. Quote. Ever.

"How could I have gone from the king of rock'n'roll to this? An old guy in a restroom in East Texas with a *growth* on his pecker. "

Bubba Hotep :D

Have been thinking of gettting Campbells book, "If chins could kill".

Don't know if this'll be good or not. Hopefully it'll have Mr T as what ever elf character he had in the WOW ad.
CardJoe 22nd July 2009, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
Bubba Hotep :D

Have been thinking of gettting Campbells book, "If chins could kill".

Don't know if this'll be good or not. Hopefully it'll have Mr T as what ever elf character he had in the WOW ad.

If Chins Could Kill is a very good read actually :)
TomH 22nd July 2009, 23:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
whos going to play leeroy Jenkins?
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Me.
metarinka 23rd July 2009, 01:45 Quote
WoW is just a sum of Warcraft 1-3, and actually has a rich backgroung and story in terms of fantasy. people who had played WC3 love playing wow as it lets you relive the story from a more personal perspective. I think a warcraft game could be really well made and have a deep and intricate story and has some interesting main characters. However if written and directed wrong it could be another video game to movie conversion in which big explosions and more violence are the answer.
Huxen5 23rd July 2009, 02:07 Quote
I love Bruce Campbell and I love the Evil Dead trilogy. But seriously how is a never-ending repetitive MMO (even if its one of the better ones) going to translate well into a two hour film. After 100 years of film making, books rarely translate well into film, let alone an online interactive experience where the game isn't (really) about the plot, or the history, but about the people playing it and the complex social blah that is created between them?
Blademrk 23rd July 2009, 14:20 Quote
there was a plot to Warcraft 1-3, can't see why it couldn't be based on one of those - but it'll prob just be a random story based in the Warcraft world.
OWNED66 23rd July 2009, 16:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by DaveVader
What's the plot?

gold farming
salesman 24th July 2009, 01:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blademrk
Bubba Hotep :D

Have been thinking of gettting Campbells book, "If chins could kill".

Don't know if this'll be good or not. Hopefully it'll have Mr T as what ever elf character he had in the WOW ad.

If Chins Could Kill is a very good read actually :)

Joe is right it is a good read. On a side note where Sam and Bruce filmed the house in evil dead is in the town in which I live . . . well was until like the 100th Séance happened and the owner decided to bulldoze down the house :( But yea I quite enjoyed the part of the book where Bruce talks about whole part of his life which is evil dead and Morristown TN.
thehippoz 24th July 2009, 05:05 Quote
lol oh man.. me and my friend watched evil dead 2 over and over when it came out =] loved that movie.. but we also watched 'wizards of the lost kingdom' over and over too (for the midgets)

the rest of the evil deads were just average flicks.. he played some role as a butt pirate in xena the warrior princess too

not sure if this movie would be any good.. if someone yells stfu in the movie it might make it more realistic.. rather see a guildwars flick on the big screen, but done by the same guys who made bruno and borat.. long as it doesn't turn out like doom the movie with dwain cookin some bi-curious
Elton 24th July 2009, 05:25 Quote
How does one go about making a movie about a game that still has no apparent plot? I mean WC 1-3 did, but this???

I smell bad movies.
Otto69 24th July 2009, 05:36 Quote
"he played some role as a butt pirate in xena the warrior princess too"

Autolicus was NOT a butt pirate.
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