Spider-Man and Drag Me to Hell director Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the World of Warcraft movie. AICN got the scoop, which was later confirmed by Variety. Blizzard Entertainment have been slowly developing the film over the past few years and were adamant on getting a top director on-board. In the past they said they wanted someone of Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan calibre, and Sam Raimi certainly slots into that category.
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 “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.
“At its core, ‘Warcraft’ is a fantastic, action-packed story,” Raimi said in a statement.
I like that Blizzard have taken their time and are assembling a great creative team to work on it. They could have easily just given it to someone like Uwe Boll to ruin. It’s interesting to note that Sam Raimi was once in talks to direct The Hobbit. It seems his urge to direct a big fantasy movie eventually lead him to World of Warcraft.
Does anyone play World of Warcraft? How do feel about Sam Raimi directing? Will it just be a Lord of the Rings knock-off?