In a recent interview with Crave Online Sam Raimi has confirmed that he will no longer be directing a movie adaptation of World of WarCraft. Raimi became attached in 2009 and said he was looking forward to creating “realistic characters” and making a movie where viewers would feel as though they “were in the game itself”.
Raimi decided to direct Oz the Great and Powerful for Disney in 2010, and as there has been little news regarding the World of WarCraft movie it was assumed they were waiting for Raimi to finish his quest in Oz, but it appears the producers have moved on and are looking for a new director.
Here’s what Raimi had to say:
“Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director,” Raimi said. “They had to start making it.”
This is unfortunate as Raimi was (and probably still is) a big fan of the game, and his work on the Spider-Man trilogy reassured gamers that he was unlikely to screw things up.
World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game where players explore the landscape, battle monsters, and complete quests. The universe contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction with dragons, elves, zombies and werewolves all in the mix. The game has developed a global following since its launch in 1994, and had 10.2 million subscribers as of December 2011.