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Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the this-is-my-boomstick dept.

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Decado writes "Blizzard has just announced that Sam Raimi is to direct the new World of Warcraft movie. 'Raimi, acclaimed director of the blockbuster Spider-Man series, will bring the forces of the Horde and the Alliance to life in epic live-action film. Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment will produce alongside Raimi's Stars Road Entertaiment.' While it's still early in the process, does this offer hope that someone might finally make a good movie based on a game IP?"

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If you make a movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781577)

the Nerds will Flock to see it

Wouldn't this movie... (5, Funny)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781589)

require WoW players to stop playing WoW?

Can they even do that?

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781659)

Not only that, they'd have to leave their parent's basement.

I think the DVD and Blu-Ray sales are going to be through the roof!

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781947)

There's an early trailer out for it already http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83yoBViKZfk [youtube.com] This is going to be the best video game movie ever.

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (1)

PearsSoap (1384741) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781741)

Posting to undo bad moderation.

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (1)

The Pirou (1551493) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781847)

You say that like there's a single person reading this that HASN'T sat on their computer AND watched television at the same time.

They'll catch the coming of age crowd who fell in love with Harry Potter and try and spin that into a few hundred thousand more players, probably with some add-in game code or something to get a unique pet if you go and see it.

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (2, Funny)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782183)

As a non-WoW player, I have a more important question : will it be subtitled ?

Re:Wouldn't this movie... (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782361)

They'll just release it straight to DVD / Bluray, charge WOW players an extra $30 that month and then send it to them without even asking.

... Film from a game... (2, Insightful)

GerardAtJob (1245980) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781595)

... this film gonna be bad... like so many other film based on a game... I can't even name one good film based from a game.
Maybe it's just a feeling...

Re:... Film from a game... (4, Insightful)

funwithBSD (245349) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781675)

Clue!

Well, at least it had Tim Curry, Madeline Khan and Christopher Llyod in it... how bad could it be?

So bad it's good!

Re:... Film from a game... (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781951)

Clue!

How interesting you should pick this movie. In this movie, if I recall correctly, they had three endings. Because the Clue game has many combinations of endings so they tried to include that spirit in the movie. I personally enjoyed it.

Now let's look at other movies based on RPG games like Final Fantasy or Hitman. I must confess I've not seen or played the latter but let's face it, you have a definite ending in the game and you get a definite ending in the movie. Much more tangible to translate to the movie what makes the game so good -- plot (or what you have of it).

Now let's look at games that have no definite ending or story like Dungeons and Dragons. Ever see that movie? How painful. Why? Because it could not embody what makes the game so great: the unexpected. And once it's laid on celluloid, what's done is done. We're not going to watch Dungeons and Dragons and have the dungeon master lay different traps or experiences for the player every time we watch it. And, effectively, the movie cannot embody what I see as the greatest part of D&D. It can't even leave much to the imagination. It was doomed.

I see World of Warcraft following the same path as D&D. You're not going to get the great game mechanics, instances, battlegrounds, unique experience, etc. that you find in the game and package it into a movie. It's bound to disappoint because by definition, it must embody something that cannot contain what makes the game great. You might as well lift the plot from Dune, The Count of Monte Cristo or Lord of the Rings and dump it into the Warcraft universe. This movie has the odds stacked against it. Especially if I am expecting the World of Warcraft experience from it. How do you build an ending to a movie for a game that has no ending?

Re:... Film from a game... (5, Informative)

samriel (1456543) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782267)

I see World of Warcraft following the same path as D&D. You're not going to get the great game mechanics, instances, battlegrounds, unique experience, etc. that you find in the game and package it into a movie. It's bound to disappoint because by definition, it must embody something that cannot contain what makes the game great. You might as well lift the plot from Dune, The Count of Monte Cristo or Lord of the Rings and dump it into the Warcraft universe. This movie has the odds stacked against it. Especially if I am expecting the World of Warcraft experience from it. How do you build an ending to a movie for a game that has no ending?

I may be wrong on this, but the press release only says "the Warcraft© universe", not "World of Warcraft". This means that the movie could, indeed, have a definite ending, as the first three games did. Previous rumors seem to support the idea that the movie will be based somewhere between Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, as does the whole "Warcraft© universe" thing that was stated.

/IANADOWUH - I Am Not A Director Or Warcraft Universe Historian

Re:... Film from a game... (0, Redundant)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781723)

If they wanted it to be really bad, they'd have gotten Uwe Boll to direct it.

Re:... Film from a game... (0, Troll)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782355)

Or Michael Bay for that matter, at list with Sam Raimi there's the possibility that it'll be worth watching. That being said, it's WoW, who cares? We've got a game that's popular but is that really justification for making a film about it?

Personally I loved Doom and it was a popular game, but well, we all know how that turned out.

Re:... Film from a game... (5, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781737)

But this is Sam Raimi. It could be so bad that it might actually be good. Especially if Bruce Campbell plays both protagonist and Lich King.

Re:... Film from a game... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781825)

Uwe Boll does not count. He makes no movies. He exposes film material so he gets federal movie aid money. Whether or not they do any good in the movies or whether or not anyone comes to see it, he doesn't care, he already got his money.

Basically, my assumption is that he saves a lot of money that way because the plot is, essentially, already there.

Re:... Film from a game... (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781833)

I thought that the first Mortal Kombat was pretty good. Aside from that however, I would tend to agree. I also wonder why Raimi insists on making crap film after crap film. Why does he waste his time on licenses like Spider-Man and now Warcraft, when he should be working on the Evil Dead 4!

Re:... Film from a game... (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781835)

Hmm... I liked the Silent Hill movie, as well as the Resident Evil movies. Of course I didn't play the games until after, but I felt that they did a nice job getting the feeling of the game into the movie. And then in Silent Hills case, the latest game took some element of the movie which I found interesting as well.

Re:... Film from a game... (4, Insightful)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781991)

I can't even name one good film based from a game.

Resident Evil was pretty good and it actually one of the few video game movies that actually didn't just make random shit up for its own plot.

Beyond that I'm hard pressed to think of any movies based on games that were any good... There was the first Mortal Kombat movie, but it was about as good as a Van Dam movie.

Dear Hollywood: DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! (1, Interesting)

sgant (178166) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782117)

You know what, I'm boycotting any movie from now on that's "based" on anything. Be it a book or a comic or a TV Show or video game or a "reboot" of an old movie series or remake of an old movie or whatever. Give me something original.

Come on...I'd take a "Pan's Labyrinth" or "In Bruges" or "WALL-E" over a "Transformers 1 or 2" or "Batman _____(insert verb here)" or "Warcraft: The Movie".

Re:Dear Hollywood: DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782305)

Come on...I'd take a "Pan's Labyrinth" or "In Bruges" or "WALL-E" over a "Transformers 1 or 2" or "Batman _____(insert verb here)" or "Warcraft: The Movie".

Did you actually _see_ Batman: The Dark Knight? That's easily the best movie on your list, and one of the best movies in recent years.

Re:Dear Hollywood: DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! (3, Insightful)

navygeek (1044768) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782353)

Good luck seeing any movies in the next...ever. I'm not even trying to be cynical. It's a simple fact that everything is a rehash of something else. A good portion of the original Star Trek episodes were takes of various Shakespeare plays. The original Battlestar Galactica was mostly re-tellings of various movie plot lines. I took a lit class in college years ago and the prof said something that's stuck with me since - there are only 7 original plot lines to a narrative/story, everything else just changes setting and mixes up the characters a bit. Now, take that with a grain of salt, as I have no links to support that claim.

Re:... Film from a game... (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782141)

I liked the first Resident Evil.

Re:... Film from a game... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782171)

"I can't even name one good film based from a game."

Advent Children was really good.

Thank God (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781603)

Thank God they didn't tap Uwe Bol for this one.

Edit: (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781625)

Edit: Hopefully they won't cast Ben Affleck as Varian Wrynn either... or in any role, for that matter.

Re:Edit: (2, Funny)

cabjf (710106) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781827)

They better at least include Chuck Norris, after having to hear so much about him in-game.

Re:Thank God (1)

Trinexx (1378811) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781637)

Didn't they laugh him out of their offices when he offered to direct it?

Yellow Oldsmobile (2, Informative)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781795)

Why can't I ever compose all my thoughts before clicking submit?

Look for a gnome-engineer-built yellow steampunk Oldsmobile on the streets of Stormwind.

Re:Thank God (1)

SBFCOblivion (1041418) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782245)

He actually approached Blizzard wanting to make a WoW movie and they rejected him [shacknews.com] .

"We will not sell the movie rights, not to you...especially not to you."

Ha.

Try as I might (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781605)

I can't imagine remotely what this movie will actually be like. But I suspect it will suck.

Re:Try as I might (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781745)

Hours and hours of repetitive grinding ?
Gold farmer spamming the screen ?
Kids speaking shit, lol'ing.
"Sexy" elves dancing for a couple ... erm, for 1 gold piece...

Yup ! gonna be a greeeeeeeat movie.

Hmm... (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781627)

Anyone remember Dungeons and Dragons The Movie and how awesome that turned out? Or the TV series based on Super Mario and Zelda?

Yeah...

Re:Hmm... (1)

Niris (1443675) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781779)

Or the Mario movie. That one was great, too. Of all the people to direct though, why the guy that did spiderman? He made those suck pretty bad.

Re:Hmm... (1)

Stele (9443) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782325)

Yeah, the Spider Man movies sucked so much they only made almost a Billion dollars EACH world-wide.

Re:Hmm... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782051)

Or the TV series based on Super Mario and Zelda?

Hey! That cartoons series was pretty damn good if you ask me.

Re:Hmm... (2, Insightful)

Fractal Dice (696349) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782131)

However the budget-challenged, direct-to-video sequel to the D&D movie, although not a masterpiece of storytelling, actually managed to capture the feel and pace of playing an old-fashioned late-1st edition D&D game of high level (9th-10th level) characters. If they've continued churning out a series of films in that style, I would have happily bought them up.

Re:Hmm... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782285)

Seeings as where 75% of all D&D players out there buy into the "You're a level 1 potato farmer, A mighty wizard has chosen you and your friends to slay a giant and dragon army that has decimated three kingdoms" kind of adventures, I think the movie was pretty accurate.

Seriously, the D&D player base has been a wreck for about two decades now. The D&D film may not have been high art but neither is D&D.

spiderman 3 (1)

Satanboy (253169) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781639)

Did anyone forget the shitstain that was Spiderman 3?

We had emo Peter Parker, and a song and dance number in the middle of it!

Here's hoping Raimi goes back to his evil dead roots and makes a proper movie . . .

oh yeah and Bruce Campbell [bruce-campbell.com] had better be in it!

Re:spiderman 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781731)

haven't seen drag me to hell yet? no campbell though

Re:spiderman 3 (1)

DarthBender (1071972) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781747)

oh yeah and Bruce Campbell had better be in it!

And Ted Rami too. Go Joxer!

Re:spiderman 3 (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781813)

Sorry, but Parker *is* emo. He stole all of Batman's emo in the first Marvel/DC crossover. My problem with Spiderman3 was the "Blob" origin for Venom.

Re:spiderman 3 (1)

polle404 (727386) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782135)

oh yeah and Bruce Campbell had better be in it!

He'd make an ecxellent Leeroy Jenkins!

No (1)

edremy (36408) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781641)

And No again since blank messages get rejected

Catacylsm (1)

nicolasmendo (672317) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781647)

Maybe the movie will be called Cataclysm?

Repeat (5, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781657)

For the real WoW experience, buy it on DVD and watch it a few hundred times.

Re:Repeat (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782253)

As my good friend pointed out, if you want the old school experience, get 40 people who don't necessarily like each other and organise a time each week for all of them to cram into one room and watch a particular scene. Be sure to rewind the scene when one of them acts like an asshat.

Re:Repeat (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782289)

It will be a DVD on blue ray. After the first run it starts over with a few things changed. Then the next one has a few more things changed. This repeats until the blue ray disk is full.

Then you insert disk number 2, and it that pattern continues.

The challenge is to see what the differences are.

Re:Repeat (1)

jeffliott (1558799) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782329)

And you wouldn't even have to pay for it every month! Ah shit, I shouldn't have said that...

I'm guessing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781687)

This will set a new record for "Longest Movie Ever". It'll track a mage's journey across Azeroth, showing in excruciating detail all ten days of his adventure to level 80, casting the same spell on thousands of enemies, and collecting wolf pelts for people like John Wolfskinner, who can't seem to do their own work. And that's only part one.

This is not going to go well... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781693)

Games, in principle, could make perfectly decent movies(half life could really do with a decent treatment); but I have a very bad feeling about this one.

Because of their business model, MMORPGs have to feature large worlds where large numbers of characters can be the center of attention, to the degree that there even is one. In most cases, WoW being one, there isn't even much in the way of "history" going on. The world stays pretty much the same, no matter what you do, the same NPCs show up, with only the occasional prescripted changed. That isn't inspiring material for a movie. At best, they'll pretty much have to make a Warcraft movie and just use WoW as a marketing tie-in.

Re:This is not going to go well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781793)

The thing is, the Warcraft universe itself has an impressive amount of lore. My guess is they'll simply pick a single timeframe within the history that has been created for that universe and tell a single story. Doing this would keep the story focused and if Blizzard maintains some creative control and they get a good writer or two, this could actually turn out well. I'm not saying it WILL, just that I'm holding out some hope and intentionally forgetting Spiderman 3.

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781865)

I agree, there is plenty of decent backstory, I just suspect that either the movie will be about WoW and utterly suck or be about some piece of backstory from warcraft, using WoW only for marketing, and have a chance.

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

Itchyeyes (908311) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781853)

Games, in principle, could make perfectly decent movies(half life could really do with a decent treatment)

The problem with game>movie transitions is the same problem with movie>game transitions. In both scenarios you have a set amount of people who are going to buy the game or see the movie for no other reason than the name. Since the developer or producer can already count on X amount of sales regardless of how much time or money they put into the project, their incentive to put more than the bare minimum into it is therefore reduced. Until the average consumer can start looking past brand recognition as a primary motivation to spend their money this balance is not going to shift.

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781863)

half life could really do with a decent treatment

Some are speculating that the upcoming District 9 is the half life movie, but they didn't get the rights to actually do halflife.

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

Stele (9443) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782347)

Some are speculating that the upcoming District 9 is the half life movie

And they would be wrong. The premise of District 9 isn't even close to that of Half Life.

Re:This is not going to go well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781961)

No history? Are you insane or just unaware of the fact that WoW builds on YEARS of Warcraft history and storyline?

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781997)

In most cases, WoW being one, there isn't even much in the way of "history" going on. The world stays pretty much the same, no matter what you do, the same NPCs show up, with only the occasional prescripted changed. That isn't inspiring material for a movie. At best, they'll pretty much have to make a Warcraft movie and just use WoW as a marketing tie-in.

It really depends on the angle they take. 99% of game movies I've seen in the past have been gimmicky films designed as a sequential series of scenes where they show off some specific memorable moment from a game, as if all the games players are going to rise up each time and "OMG!!!! THEY HAZ MADE IT IN LIVE ACTION!!! I LOVE MR BOWE!!!!". It never works out that way, but they keep trying nonetheless. Street Fighter the movie was one of the worst I saw in this. They came up with this contrived storyline, tried to shoehorn in every character from the game, and then give every one of them a few minutes to do their special moves from the game (complete with ending scene of them all doing their "victory dance"). All in all, the WRONG way to do a movie.

However, if they instead took the game to be more like a book, then they might could make something out of it. Despite what you think, the Warcraft series has a HUGE backstory and set of lore to work from. Some of it fleshed out in the games (the earlier Warcraft games, not just WoW), and a lot more of it fleshed out in the various novels that Blizzard has published. All in all it's good material, but condensing it down into film form might be difficult. That itself entails a danger as often there is some feeling that every little detail from a game needs to be worked into the movie. To do it right you just use the game as a springboard for a setting and outline and if something isn't relevant then you don't need to show it.

All in all, I'll watch it regardless. If it's gimmicky then I'll be disappointed. If however, if it detailed a specific story arc like the original war between the Night Elves and the Burning Legion and the split between the Night and High Elves, then it might turn out good. Another option would be the origins of Medivh and his resulting fall leading to the opening of the Dark Portal and the ensuing war between the humans and orcs. There's good material, but it just depends on how they choose to treat it. Raimi directing does scare me a bit though. I actually liked the Spiderman movies, but I don't think the campy comic book atmosphere will work for Warcraft. Then again the movie might be filled with gnomes with pink pigtails . . .

Re:This is not going to go well... (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782375)

Despite what you think, the Warcraft series has a HUGE backstory and set of lore to work from.

I'm not sure J.R.R. Tolkien and Michael Moorcock were actually writing with Blizzard in mind.

Not all game-to-film movies were bad (0)

darpo (5213) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781705)

Okay, so arguably none of them have been "good", but I can think of a few that were at least okay (and had 5.x or 6.x IMDb ratings): Silent Hill, the Resident Evil movies, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Re:Not all game-to-film movies were bad (1)

casals (885017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781999)

Suppose - for a moment - that you're right, and they can come with an above-the-average film. "That was awesome, imagine the game" - now, that's the real problem. For Blizzard, profit; for players, hell. The game is already crowded with chinese gold spammers and 12-years-old interested only in killing "the mobs" and getting TEH big badass weapon or so (level 80, of course). Not that liking Counter-Strike genre games is a bad thing; but IMHO when you force your ways into other people, be it in a game or not, it's bad, yes. Today, RP gamers have to flee to less populated RP servers if they want the RP experience they're looking for, since the main ones are already full of people complaining why Blizzard would keep RP servers if everybody knows the only and main purpose in the game is getting to level 80 with epic items, everybody knows that - I've seen some discussions like that already. Well, it's a business, it sells well, nothing wrong with that - but a good movie would only catalyze this very effect, and no more RP gaming. Choosing to stay on a specific MMORPG realm (with its specific problems) is each one's choice, depending on how well one can handle these problems; when you massify something, no matter what your main objective is (usually money), you're probably destroying a particular variation or representation of this something. That goes for games, music, comics, books, history itself. As for me, my bias is obviously towards RP gaming; even if it was not the case, I'd still stick with this line - I even feel sorry for all the hardcore Resident Evil players out there, having to deal with the newborne "specialists" after seeing all the movies about it. Even worse for X-Men people.

QUESTION!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781735)

I have never played WoW, does it have as good of a story as the Diablo franchise?

If not, I'm still waiting for my Diablo movies.

Don't let him write it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781755)

As long as they don't let him write it. They let him write Spider-man 3 and it sucked donkey balls, whereas the first two are fantastic movies. He's a good director, but apparently not so good a writer.

I don't think WoW has an actually story that would translate to a movie. So whether this thing becomes something worth viewing depends largely on the script, I would imagine.

Re:Don't let him write it (0, Offtopic)

Haiyadragon (770036) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781787)

Anonymous Coward? I swear I didn't check the box. What the hell is going on? I blame...someone else.

"World of" added to summary. (4, Informative)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781773)

The press release doesn't mention a "World of Warcraft" movie, just a "Warcraft" movie. Perhaps this will be geared towards the more linear storyline of the RTS games?

Re:"World of" added to summary. (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781875)

Even if they call it world of warcraft and just use the settings/characters, it might not suck...

Why WoW? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781805)

I haven't seen a synopsis yet, but why World of Warcraft, why not make it about the Warcraft history? If anyone's ever read the lore this game is steeped in it, and I think making a game perhaps based around the third war, or Warcraft III, would make for great story telling and a good movie. I don't really see this getting into theaters(I just can't image it) but I would see it as a direct to DvD.

Re:Why WoW? (1)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781945)

World of Warcraft and Warcraft share the same lore. Events from the RTS influenced what happened in the MMORPG. The Wrath of the Lich King expansion is fallout from the events of WCIII- The Frozen Throne.

Warcraft Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781837)

Warcraft Movie not World of Warcraft Movie. Fail.

Not as good as you'll expect. (5, Funny)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781845)

The movie will be 16 hours long and will chronicle the journey of Frank the warrior on his epic quest to gather seventeen moose heads from the moose spawning area. He makes it to level 12, setting the viewer up for the sequel, where he can finally buy new armour and eat the soft banana bread he was previously not battle hardened enough to eat.

This is my epic [Boomstick]! (1)

RealErmine (621439) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781861)

A friend pointed out that this basically guarantees that Bruce Campbell will be involved.

Re:This is my epic [Boomstick]! (1)

castironpigeon (1056188) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781937)

Maybe he'll play Hogger.

I can see why they chose him... (1)

Starturtle (1148659) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781883)

...Army of Darkness was already half way to being a WoW movie.

Re:I can see why they chose him... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782219)

Army of Darkness was closer to a Diablo movie than a WoW movie, if we have to stay in Blizzard's IP...

Doom movie (1)

peas_n_carrots (1025360) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781895)

"does this offer hope that someone might finally make a good movie based on a game IP?"

Actually I thought Doom was a decent flick. No masterpiece, but it's a "good movie".

Makes sense (1, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781907)

Raimi is WAY past his prime. But then, so is WoW.

Chris Metzen as co-producer (4, Interesting)

Quince alPillan (677281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781909)

What I find interesting is that Chris Metzen, Blizzard's senior VP of creative development and writer for much of the Warcraft universe is listed as a co-producer of the movie.

If he's smart about it (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781933)

Which it is almost a foregone conclusion that he won't be, he'd take the story line of Warcraft 2 or maybe Warcraft 3 and adapt it under a different title.

Not just WoW.. (5, Informative)

murphyd311 (1364187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781953)

It's just titled Warcraft. Remember those RTS games and books [wikipedia.org] ? I'll pretend it's based on those instead of WoW.

Though a character named 'Leroy Jenkins' would be hilarious.

game-based movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28781979)

You didn't like Bergman's The Seventh Seal?

I'm a -rogue- (1)

dhermann (648219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781983)

Quick! Someone book all the Wayans brothers for other engagements during filming so there's no chance they'll be cast as lovable, doofus sidekicks to the 20-year-old white kid!

I hope they take a bit of creative liberty (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782005)

Else we'll get to see something like this:

Young Grurk is a hunter of his tribe, and he's set out to conquer the world. He meets some old leader of his tribe who proceeds to tell Grurk his life story, giving the watcher of the show a chance to head back to the lobby to get himself some treats. Then Grurk heads out to collect a few apples, fishes or Murlocheads for his Elder. On his way, he meets the token cleric who has essentially been given the same task, but they both choose to ignore each other. Grurk finally makes his way to great Orkgrimmar, where some other Elder tells him his life story (time for a piss break), then sends Grurk out to collect cactus apples, sea shells or Murlokfins (but of course from different Murloks, else it would get boring, right?). He meets some other people who do essentially the same drag he does, but again, everyone is ignoring everyone else.

Let's fast forward, the story doesn't really changes aside of the crap Grurk is gathering.

He finally arrives at some cave, some temple, some place of importance, where someone big bad is lurking inside. Suddenly Grurk acknowledges the existance of the Cleric (who is still doing essentially the same he does, just a bit slower) and they both start yelling and searching for a mighty warrior to join them in their quest to clean that temple of evil, while Mages and Rogues dance around them, trying to incite them to be taken along (but who needs them). They finally grudgingly agree to take the Mage along, but first he has to treat them to a feast.

Eventually they find the mighty warrior and they set out to conquer the temple. A lot of fights ensue, often their life is at stake and more often than not one of our heroes manages to save the day. Until the Warrior finally blinks, tells the rest "sorry, mom called, gotta mow the lawn" and vanishes into a puff of smoke.

Our heroes unwrap their porting stones and soon they find themselves in one of the local taverns. Fade out, more in the sequel.

Blizzard has some experience (1)

rxan (1424721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782013)

I don't know if Blizzard has anything to do with the movie other than as a content source. But they already have experience in this area. The Diablo I and II cinematics and plot were well done. Same with the Warcraft 3 cinematics. Warcraft 2's movies were pretty gimmicky though.

I have hope, it could actually go well.

Re:Blizzard has some experience (4, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782163)

If you ask me, a Diablo movie would be heaps more interesting. If done right, with good SFX, this would blow the snot out of so many other fantasy-action movies that managed to make it to the big screen lately.

The story is right there in Diablo II, all you have to do is take it and run with it, collect a party of various fighters and let it roll.

Hey I've got an idea! (1)

Garbad Ropedink (1542973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782015)

Here's a great idea. Let's take a medium like video games; that works extremely well for a specific method of storytelling which deeply immerses the player, and shoehorn it into another medium like say film. Which to date hasn't been able to adapt a single video game story into anything other than a fiasco.

Suggested Tagline (4, Funny)

oceanclub (654183) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782021)

"How does one kill that which has no life?"

P.

Re:Suggested Tagline (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782159)

You fear him off the cliff.

Why watch it... (1)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782043)

when you can live it...

Re:Why watch it... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782091)

Because we might end up with a bit less of "carry X to Y and bring back some Murlokfins", and a bit more of a heroic story?

Re:Why watch it... (1)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782265)

Or you might end up with Bruce Campbell (uncredited) wielding a chain saw/shotgun/battle axe in an orc/elf/dwarf costume. (With and without a shirt)

A film first (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782085)

It'll be told almost entirely in flashbacks to reproduce the grind experience to cater to the hardcore fans. There are plans to do a 10 minute edited version for the non fans

SAM RAIMITO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782109)

for those of you that read the article, who is Sam RAIMITO?

Legend of the Seeker (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782143)

Raimi also produces the Legend of the Seeker [wikipedia.org] tv series. Make of THAT what you will!

I hope this movie doesn't suck like.... (1)

ITJC68 (1370229) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782213)

Doom. That movie just plain awful. I like the rock and his movies but this one should never have gotten off the ground. I look forward to this movie as a player of WOW.

Re:I hope this movie doesn't suck like.... (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782363)

I on the other hand, really enjoyed the Doom movie.

Sam to Direct (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782227)

Sam Raimi... not a bad pick of a director, don't really care for the spider-man movies as much as I do for the Evil Dead Trilogy :D

Wish they would've gotten Sam Raimi to direct The Last Airbender movie instead of M. Night Shyamalan... oh well... What a Twist!

Warcraft movie...not world of (1)

grocer (718489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782235)

Sooooo, they can take all three games and make three movies...then reboot the series with new characters from the World of Warcraft campaigns...sooooo...Blizzards trying to launch a big ol' movie cash cow that will last for a decade. I think the Lord of the Rings set a pretty high bar for fantasy films with the sticking point being characters.

Realist (1)

_bug_ (112702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782259)

While it's still early in the process, does this offer hope that someone might finally make a good movie based on a game IP?

preemptive TL;DR: No.

The breadth of the Warcraft lore makes it impossible to fit even a small percent of it into a single movie. And Blizzard will certainly want to tie the movie into the game somehow, which will only hinder the creativity of whoever is tasked with writing the screenplay. There will probably be an overabundance of cheesy in-jokes to target the gamers, but will just come off as stupid to the average viewer. Visually it will almost certainly look nothing like the CG cut-scenes in Warcraft 3 or World of Warcraft, which is exactly what gamers of WoW will be expecting.

And the final nail in the coffin: This is the same guy who directed Spiderman 3. Imagine Thrall doing the emo dance.

Sam (1)

NekoXP (67564) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782293)

Who's Sam Raimito?:D

Thumbs up, let's do this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28782349)

Starring Bruce Campbell as Leeroy Jenkins.

Good? Bad? Least I've got chicken.

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