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Sam Raimi talks about WoW movie

Sam Raimi talks about WoW movie

Sam Raimi is still working on the World of Warcraft movie, but has yet to settle on a story.

In an video interview with Collider Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy, has spoken about the World of Warcraft movie he is working on.

Raimi revealed that he and Robert Rodat, who previously penned Saving Private Ryan, are still very much in the early days of the project, and are currently working on developing the story and characters.

It’s quickly apparent that Raimi is very familiar with the source material and is set upon drawing from Blizzard’s vast, sprawling lore.

"I love the visual world the guys over at Blizzard have created," Raimi said. "It's incredibly, engrossinglyterrifying and exciting. I like the use of scale--the giant monsters they have. I love the different landscapes that your character can move through. I like the first-person interaction you have with other players online. There are so many aspects about the game that I really enjoy."

"We're still working on the story right now, and we've got a 40-page document that needs a lot more work, but every draft that we do with Robert Rodat gets better and better.

Raimi did clarify that the film won’t be about gamers being sucked into the world of WoW, but will rather be set entirely within the fiction, thankfully.

Raimi didn’t discuss the matter of release or production, but IMDB has World of Warcraft: The Movie listed for a 2013 release.

Whilst many have tried to make the transition from games to films, few have done so successfully. Is the MMO genre appropriate for the cinema, or is this just another game-based movie destined for supermarket bargain bins? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Draksis 28th June 2010, 13:10 Quote
if you think about it: if they don't get EVERY tiny detail right, fan boys will **** brix about it, and they won't get every tiny detail right, cause everyone will want something different from the movie (myself included). Now think about how many millions of WoW players there are?

So, basically, you going to have the biggest grossing fail of all time, with fanatics screaming "its sux so bad, i watched it like 13 times already)

I smell big stink out of this one

/2c
javaman 28th June 2010, 13:54 Quote
no no no no no no no no no no no noooooooooooooooo. Hollywood should f off and leave our games alone. Some games are bad enough with out you tards putting your on generic crap spin on it. Even a good game doesn't require some clueless idiot whose never played the game trying to turn it into "the next avatar" (I almost said titanic thinking of the movie but ultimatly the boat itself is a great methaphor, an overhyped mess that sinks on release taking lots of people with it!) Southpark wow ep was great but please leave it at that!!
Draksis 28th June 2010, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
I almost said titanic thinking of the movie but ultimatly the boat itself is a great methaphor, an overhyped mess that sinks on release taking lots of people with it!

just about sums it up, yes

+rep;)
lacuna 28th June 2010, 14:17 Quote
South Park already did it and it was brilliant, no need for a sequel.
Fizzban 28th June 2010, 14:39 Quote
Why make a movie about WoW? There is a ton of much better games that could be ruined by making a film about them. Mass effect would be a better...oh wait.
Sonofalich 28th June 2010, 14:53 Quote
In a world without original ideas the film industry moves onto games. As a fast easy buck.
Beats having to risk it on originality, also if you play Wow, chances are you are going to watch this movie and possibly even purchase it on DVD / Blu-ray etc.

Money money money.
El Rando 28th June 2010, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
South Park already did it and it was brilliant, no need for a sequel.

+1
capnPedro 28th June 2010, 15:10 Quote
Just let Uwe Boll at it and be done with it.
Draksis 28th June 2010, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sonofalich
In a world without original ideas the film industry moves onto games. As a fast easy buck.
Beats having to risk it on originality, also if you play Wow, chances are you are going to watch this movie and possibly even purchase it on DVD / Blu-ray etc.

The fanatics, sure, but after the first wave of viewers, then the flaming, I don't think that there will be as many people watching it as everyone thinks.

If its good, i'll buy the DVD, but not go watch at the cinema. If its bad, as it most likely will be, i'm not even going to bother - and prob just stop playing WoW cause every server will explode with rage. ;)
paisa666 28th June 2010, 15:37 Quote
ITa called WoW because that's the franchise that made blizzard and warcraft so popular.

But the movie isnt about love stories and all that crap, like Chris Metzen said in an interview "we want a director who realise this isnt about pillow fights, its about war, action and BLOOOD"

sounds great to me.. :D
NuTech 28th June 2010, 15:50 Quote
£10 says this film gets stuck in development hell and never sees the light of day (in its current form, anyway).
crazyceo 28th June 2010, 16:24 Quote
But will they still all have Beards? including the women?
Draksis 28th June 2010, 16:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666
ITa called WoW because that's the franchise that made blizzard and warcraft so popular.

But the movie isnt about love stories and all that crap, like Chris Metzen said in an interview "we want a director who realise this isnt about pillow fights, its about war, action and BLOOOD"

sounds great to me.. :D

Not saying that it will turn into a romantic comedy, i was rather referring to the lore, and just plain fact of the Warcraft universe that they will **** up. I'm sure that it will be bloody and war and killing and stuff as well, but anything further than that will fail
supermonkey 28th June 2010, 17:39 Quote
If it ever gets made, it will probably fail at the box office. But, the studio will expect it to fail at the box office. This is the type of film that a studio makes knowing full well that it will make its money back ten-fold in licensing and DVD/Blu-ray sales.

It's a known secret in the industry that most films released today aim for a decent box office return in the first couple days of release, but that DVD sales and foreign releases are where the real money is made.

As has been said, the WoW fanboys will queue up for all the midnight showings, then moan about all the changes to the story/characters/locations/etc. They'll see it 2 more times just to catch all the inacurracies, write on their blogs about how much film sucks because they left out the Barrow Downs and Tom Bombadil some Night Elf or Undead of importance, then they'll buy the theatrical version and the extended edition on Blu-ray.

Fanboys are very rabid and protective of their particular genre, but they're also very predictable when it comes to movies and merchandise.
TSR2 28th June 2010, 18:29 Quote
Anyone heard of the Doom film recently?
Woodspoon 28th June 2010, 20:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by TSR2
Anyone heard of the Doom film recently?

Released several years ago and was last seen in a bargain bin with the rest of the game films
Sloth 28th June 2010, 22:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Draksis
if you think about it: if they don't get EVERY tiny detail right, fan boys will **** brix about it, and they won't get every tiny detail right, cause everyone will want something different from the movie (myself included). Now think about how many millions of WoW players there are?

So, basically, you going to have the biggest grossing fail of all time, with fanatics screaming "its sux so bad, i watched it like 13 times already)

I smell big stink out of this one

/2c
WoW already already bends over Wacraft lore and has its way with it. All the fan boys already know to just shake their heads and laugh when it comes to WoW. Ulduar killed it for me. Oh btw, you're just gonna kill all these epicly powerful figures who helped shape the world. And then some guy from space is gonna come and threaten to destroy all life and essentially terraform the planet. What is this, some sci-fi God of War MMO?
DriftCarl 28th June 2010, 23:16 Quote
well maybe it would have been popular if it was released around now, but in 3 years time? I honest dont think wow will be in such a dominant position in 3 years time, literally 1000's are quitting wow every day. I know the game is still selling quite well and the expansion will no doubt sell well, but the subscriber base is still getting lower and lower, its only a matter of time before it normalises to a standard subscriber base which will probably be around the 6-800,000 mark. Might not be this year, or the year after, but wow certainlly wont carry on being so popular for many more years
HourBeforeDawn 28th June 2010, 23:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
South Park already did it and it was brilliant, no need for a sequel.

agreed, that episode reminds me of why I will never play a pay to play game or just WoW for that matter.
digitaldave 29th June 2010, 00:03 Quote
if it was a film about leeerooooy jenkins then it might be worth seeing

film about a game where you spend months of your real life walking around a huge pretend world aint that interesting tbh.
javaman 29th June 2010, 00:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by digitaldave
if it was a film about leeerooooy jenkins then it might be worth seeing

film about a game where you spend months of your real life walking around a huge pretend world aint that interesting tbh.

haha I doubt many people would get the reference tbh and those that would, would be the market for illegally downloading the film!
metarinka 29th June 2010, 05:22 Quote
I'll save the cynicism for closer to release date.

The Warcraft lore is pretty strong if not somewhat generic. I mean there's plenty of great story lines to call upon. I would be happy if they did a litch king one or something like that. Plus the game has some pretty diverse and interesting locations plus spell animations to call upon.

in fact I'm surprised they are doing a movie like this. I thought it would be a CGI like the opening cutscenes for the game.
pcnuttie 29th June 2010, 23:30 Quote
I don't really care much for the WoW movie idea but i still am angry at Sony Pictures for turning down his plans for Spiderman 4. Ticked me off we are gonna see another reboot on how he became spiderman. I had enough of HollyWood's bullcrap.
Bauul 29th June 2010, 23:48 Quote
I gotta be honest, I enjoyed the recent Prince of Persia films. Because WoW has no story, the writers won't be tied down to trying to turn a game story into a film story, as that simply never works (see Doom).

If they keep the lore, but create a decent story (without trying to cover the whole of the WoW universe in two hours) then there's hope.
javaman 30th June 2010, 01:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
I gotta be honest, I enjoyed the recent Prince of Persia films. Because WoW has no story, the writers won't be tied down to trying to turn a game story into a film story, as that simply never works (see Doom).

If they keep the lore, but create a decent story (without trying to cover the whole of the WoW universe in two hours) then there's hope.

Problem with doom and hitman was that the games where not designed for their story but the action/gameplay. Arguably silent hill and resident evil are the similar but with some attempt at a story. Tho the slow opening doors, music/silence, world changes and most importantly and key, the fact that you where in "control" of the main character unlike a film which your just following creates a real psycological side to things. The story was build around gameplay with cutsenes to progress some element. How many "survival" horror films have you watched knowing that so and so has to survive? Thats one reason I like saw films, its unpredicatable just who will survive.
Metal gear solid might work as a film since most of the game is cutscenes but why remake a game and remove any player influence from it? Your in the dilema of doing that vs making something that ties into which non gamers would understand thus limiting your market.
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