Sam Rami Directing World of Warcraft Movie!
Wow talk about coming out of left field! Variety is reporting that Sam Rami (Spider-man 1-3, Evil dead, Drag Me To Hell) is set to take on the directing reigns for the upcoming World Of Warcraft movie.
“Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”
Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute. The team boasts an impressive pedigree: In addition to the director of “Spider-Man,” the partners have added “The Dark Knight” producer Charles Roven to the creative mix.
The plan is for Raimi to supervise development of “Warcraft” and shoot the picture after he completes work on “Spider-Man 4,” which gets under way early next year for Columbia Pictures.
The movie will be financed under the Legendary Pictures’ co-production and co-financing deal with WB, in a manner similar to the Todd Phillips-directed “The Hangover” plus the Roven-produced “Batman Begins” and “Dark Knight.”
The “Warcraft” universe features an epic conflict between the Horde and the Alliance. The game has developed a global following since its launch in 1994 and shows no signs of slowing. Its most recent expansion, “Wrath of the Lich King,” sold more than 2.8 million copies in the first day of release and more than 4 million its first month.
“Warcraft” is “emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which our studio is best known,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov. The deal revives a long-dormant pact made by Legendary and Blizzard for a film adaptation of the game (Daily Variety, May 8, 2006).
“At its core, ‘Warcraft’ is a fantastic, action-packed story,” Raimi said in a statement.”
I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never touched WOW to this day and don’t ever plan too. But I’m excited as a big fan of fantasy films. This game has the perfect elements to make into a great (or atleast enjoyable) film. And with Sam Rami’s good track record with entertaining films, I highly doubt this film will suck. Count me in for the ride!…and I’m still waiting for an all cg film as well, get on it blizzard!