Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Warcraft Movie In The Works?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the very-big-zug-zug dept.

122

The New York Times is reporting that World of Warcraft maker Blizzard plans to make a big-screen adaptation of its very popular gameworld. From the article: "Many details of the film deal remained unsettled or undisclosed on Monday, including the choice of director, cast, the planned release date and the exact budget (rarely a firm number in the movie business anyway). But Blizzard and Legendary appeared united in wanting the project to be a major departure from Hollywood's undistinguished record in turning games into films. 'We try to make big, epic, immersive games at Blizzard, and we have a track record of making some of the best games in the world,'" Paul Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, said in an interview. 'Similarly, our goal is to make one of the best films in the world. With Legendary, they have a creative and management team that is so attuned with us it was like we were separated at birth. We want to make a movie that will not only appeal to our existing fans, but will also bring in people that have never heard of Warcraft before.'"

cancel ×

122 comments

Blizard have been working on this for a while. (4, Funny)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292529)

How is this news? Blizard have been working on this project in secrecy for quite some time - there's even a clip [google.com] up at google video of short segment of the work.

The animation is fantastic - far above what I thought modern PCs were capable of producing ;-)

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (2, Funny)

remembertomorrow (959064) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292559)

That's not a movie, that's a documentary.

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (3, Funny)

Maul (83993) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292567)

I'm not sure to mod this troll, or funny.

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (2, Funny)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293132)

Actually, I'd mod it "+1 Tauren"

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (-1, Flamebait)

crabpeople (720852) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293832)

Why do people keep linking that video? its so annoying i dont understand how anyone could possibly think its funny or intelligent at all.

wow porn on the internet -
1) nothing to do with wow AT ALL
2) voices are SO ANNOYING they are shreading my inner ear
3) no star wipes
4) its like a gay duette in a musical that only gays and i guess musical geeks would like or something

i honestly dont get it. its so retarted. who thinks stupid songs about porn are funny? i guess you, but you were probably more concerned with group think karma whoring than the content.

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (1)

qvek (722913) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294079)

If everyone finds something funny except you it probably is funny. That's ok, we all have different tastes -- just ignore it and move on.

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (1)

Doctor Faustus (127273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294343)

You are right that it has nothing to do with Warcraft. The song is from the musical Avenue Q [amazon.com] , and it's just as funny without the video.

Personally, I prefer the version with the two cute girls lypsynching it into a webcam. However, while I don't like to criticize, I think the artistic effect would have been enhanced if the "for porn" girl flashed each time.

No no... You've completely missed it! (1)

TyfStar (747185) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294324)

You're missing the IMPORTANT part of the document!!!

"Later this week, Blizzard is expected to announce details about an expansion pack for World of Warcraft, called the Burning Crusade."

WOOOT! MORE INFO ABOUT THE WISPS!! :D /me is staying glued to her computer.

~Star~
60 Priest
Kel'Thuzad

Re:Blizard have been working on this for a while. (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15297276)

They should get the guys from Myndflame [warcraftmovies.com] to do it. Everytime I here the MC Raiders theme song I feel the urge to sing along while banging my head on the desk... (We got a thunderstrike drop last time we ran MC - free nexus crystals ftw)

I'm all game... (5, Funny)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292566)

...just as long as it isn't directed by Uwe Boll.

Re:I'm all game... (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292593)

...just as long as it isn't directed by Uwe Boll.

I just have no idea whether you'll be modded -1, Redundant or +5, Insightful. I'll bet on Redundant tho ;-)

Re:I'm all game... (1)

MyOtherUIDis3digits (926429) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293173)

...just as long as it isn't directed by Uwe Boll.

I for one would mod funny if I had the points, since that is exactly the phrase that popped in my head when I read the summary. I would hate to see all the wonderful memories that I have in association with Blizzard and their products to be tarnished by one of his hack-jobs.

Re:I'm all game... (1)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293376)

I'm sure Blizzard is smart enough to avoid someone who has such an awful track record. Uwe Boll is a blight on the genre of game adaptations thanks to Germanys tax laws that reward investments in motion picture productions (Uwe Boll has explained this himself).

Early reports indicate (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292570)

The big, full-cast musical finale will be the runaway hit, "The Internet is for Porn".

Age of Aquarius (0, Offtopic)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292662)

Is that one of those things like the lame "Age of Aquarius" thing at the end of "The 40 Year Old Virgin"? WTF was that all about? The movie itself was hilarious, then it slams to a stop with a irrelevant ending where the whole cast starts dancing and singing some lame song. Some kind of self-referential movie producer humor that's only funny to other movie producers? Or what the hell was that for anyway? I wasted my time watching the whole thing waiting for some killer punch line to the end of it, but no, the credits roll, the movies over, fuck it, go home.

Re:Age of Aquarius (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15292816)

The ending to '40' was completely relavent. How else would one show, visually, someone's reaction to how good sex can be without a) being a cheezy porn movie, b) decending into melodramatic lifetime movie pap. No they choose to go over the top, which was actually a pretty good way to go for a comedy.

Re:Age of Aquarius (1)

Slime-dogg (120473) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295143)

For a moment, there, I thought you were talking about "40 days and 40 nights..."

Re:Age of Aquarius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293050)

The parents refers to a song from Avenue Q [avenueq.com] .
The show is absolutely hilarious, so don't dismiss it right away.

Re:Age of Aquarius (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293368)

I do know that "Age of Aquarious" made me wish I hadn't watched the movie. Pretty well ruined the whole experience.

If you have to explain the joke... (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293622)

Internet is for porn. [google.com]

zzZZzzZZ (-1, Troll)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292580)

I hope not.

Why not do it themselves? (4, Interesting)

tapo (855172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292581)

If you've seen the CGI movies to any of Blizzard's games, you know that their ability to create 3D animation is astounding. Not only that, but it seems to only improve with time. I honestly believe they could be the 'Pixar' of mature content films.

Why would they go for live action if they're so talented at this?

(Though it isn't my favorite, this is their introduction to Diablo II: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8694655550 618960777 [google.com] )

Re:Why not do it themselves? (4, Insightful)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292700)

The reception of "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" comes to mind. I liked that movie, but it performed so miserably that Square all but closed its Square Pictures division as a result. It's probably not a risk Blizzard wants to saddle itself with, when they can just throw it to someone who knows the film business yet keep enough creative control where the brand name isn't cheapened by a disaster of U** B*ll proportions.

Re:Why not do it themselves? (1)

sixy (516428) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292806)

This isn't a movie the non-gamer is going to go watch anyway. You might as well appeal to the 5 million or so that do play your game instead of turning half of them off immediately by making it live action.

Re:Why not do it themselves? (2, Informative)

charstar (64963) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295474)

Don't forget that Blizzard is owned by Vivendi/Universal, who knows a thing or two about producing movies.

Final Fantasy (1)

gaijin99 (143693) | more than 8 years ago | (#15296763)

There's one other significant thing about Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. It just plain sucked. The plot was a rehash of a rehash of a rehash without a single original aspect. Oh look, hacknied and completely unoriginal characters who act in steriotypical ways! What a great concept for a movie!

The CG was the best thing about FF:TSW, and it really wasn't as great as what we can do now. But don't say that the Final Fantasy movie failed because it was CG, it failed because as a movie it was grade B crap.

Re:Why not do it themselves? (2, Insightful)

kgcurrie (21794) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292815)

"If you've seen the CGI movies to any of Blizzard's games, you know that their ability to create 3D animation is astounding. Not only that, but it seems to only improve with time. I honestly believe they could be the 'Pixar' of mature content films."

Given Blizzard's track record for censorship, that is the funniest thing I've heard stated about Warcraft in weeks.

I'd take the early Bungie, easily (1)

ianscot (591483) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293016)

The original Myth bridge sequences, in simple stylized animated style, were elegant and well-made, and had a real cinematic feel. Their level narratives were wonderfully paced, and the soundtracks to the Myth games were good enough to be sold separately.

Bungie's ham-fisted. Just listen to the voice acting on, say, Warcraft II, and tell me it wasn't painful. No way can that stand up to an hour and a half at theater volumes. I could hardly stand it for thirty seconds at a time in the game, just to hear the goals for that map.

Re:I'd take the early Bungie, easily (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294466)

Bungie? What are you talking about? Bungie had nothing to do with Warcraft II.

How do you forget a company like Blizzard? Honestly, you just lost a lot of geek points.. You should turn your membership card in.

Re:Why not do it themselves? (2, Insightful)

lt.com.riker (946759) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293321)

You have to remember that Blizzard, or any game company, only have to make CG sequences that are a few minutes long (I dont know how long, but I bet it's less than 25 minutes). They don't have the time to put into crafting a long cinema, then rendering it. I believe that most of the reason that Pixar's animation of the same calibre, besides for the 'CG' look and feel that they want their movies to have, is that they are trying to make a 120-160 minute movie. You have to put in much more time into even just the rendering on a few seconds of higher quality models and textures and stuff.

Lets look at 'The Lord of the Rings', the CG in that is top notch, rarely can you tell when a person is CG vs real, this is obtained because they have the time and budget and ambition and need to make the CG look as realistic as posible.

Re:Why not do it themselves? (1)

TyfStar (747185) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294383)

I agree completely. Why hire actors.. or CGI for that matter? Why not just take an actual WoW character, name him Illidan, and traipse around Norrath re-enacting the WoW books???

I miss those characters.. *sniff*

Nice (1)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292587)

While I know this project has been in the works for awhile, I am wondering, though, if it will actually do any good at the box office. I would go see it, because I would personally expect it to be good, but the world of warcraft is huge, there is so much of it I would want to see, and characters from the game I would want to see acted out that I do not think they would be able to appeal to all gamers who enjoy the world. But that is just me. I would be happy with anything I suppose.

Re:Nice (1)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292764)

Let's see. If every reported subscriber goes to see this movie...

6 million * $8 = $48 million dollars.

So if they can produce the movie for $30 million, they'd do quite well. :-)

Re:Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15294117)

You forgot the DVD sales, and the toys, and the burger king meals, and the t-shirts, and all the business that generates for other businesses. fuckweed.

Re:Nice (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294522)

Hell, MI3 only cracked $48m it's opening weekend.

Plus, if the Warcraft movie opens against weak movies, people will see it because there's nothing else out.

In related news... (5, Funny)

DarkFencer (260473) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292596)

In related news, Blizzard has announced that tickets to the show will only be available in 'raid' and 'mini-raid' packages of 40 and 20 tickets respectively. Fans going alone will only see the first 30 minutes of the movie.

Re:In related news... (2, Funny)

CogDissident (951207) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293542)

The movie will also only be available for viewing at peak times, due to lack of people who see movies at 2am on a tuesday. Repeated viewings are discouraged, and moviegoers will only be able to see it once per week, any repeated viewings are a violation of the terms of service.

Oh please no... (-1, Redundant)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292621)

Not another movie based on a videogame. They ALL suck.

Re:Oh please no... (1)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292650)

The inverse of that statement is just as true.

Re:Oh please no... (2, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292679)

I dunno, I rather enjoyed the Resident Evil movies.

-Rick

Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (1)

macz (797860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292622)

As though elfs and orcs are the sole commercial property of the Tolkein estate.

Frankly, even if the broader constructs of WoW are "Tolkeinesque," I look forward to anything that even trys to be as good as the LOTR films were.

Lowes is about to become the ultimate RP server.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (2, Informative)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292648)

As though elfs and orcs are the sole commercial property of the Tolkein estate.

Hobbits are, as anyone who was into "Dungeons & Dragons" back when TSR had to quietly rename theirs to "Halflings" remembers.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292794)

As though elfs and orcs are the sole commercial property of the Tolkein estate.

It's not just the races. When I played through WC3 I noticed names of places taken directly from Tolkien, and a lot of the plot was suspiciously similar to e.g. parts of the Silmarillion.

There's also Arthas turning into an obvious knockoff of Moorcock's Elric.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (3, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293455)

People who get snobby about resemblances always amuse me. Tolkien himself borrowed heavily from Norse myth cycles, and Moorcock, jesus, borrows from everywhere.

Does that mean it's not good? No. It just means that art is often derivative from other art. Is the whole of Impressionism soiled by the fact that it wasn't all done by one guy?

So what if WoW is derivative? You certainly can't say they didn't do anything original, which is a hell of a lot more than you can say for any of the other multitude of copies out there.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 8 years ago | (#15296071)

I don't mind resemblances so much. I do dislike wholesale lifting of obvious plot elements, like a main character who is an evil albino with a soul-stealing runesword.

I've seen it before, so it doesn't add anything to the story. There's nothing surprising about it.

I thought there were some good things about WC3, but I also thought it would have been a *lot* better if it had more originality.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 8 years ago | (#15296430)

Meh. He didn't start off as an albino, that was a post-death sort of thing, and the rest of the story is hugely divergent. I'm willing to give 'em the benefit of the doubt on that one, just because the story elements add up on both, and only incidentally intersect on that one point before flying off into the wilderness again on either side.

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15297436)

Sauron is an evil albino with a runesword? Frodo? What!?

Re:Get ready for WoW is a rip-off of LOTR! (2, Informative)

MyOtherUIDis3digits (926429) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293258)

As though elfs and orcs are the sole commercial property of the Tolkein estate.

Actually, if you get a chance to read "Tales Before Tolkien", you will see that a lot of the premises he used were from writings going back to the 1800's. It also seems a lot of them were from Germany.

His style was much more captivating and expansive than pretty much all of those works though, and therefore had a much broader appeal (and therefore exposure).

Voice (5, Funny)

Inverted Intellect (950622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292625)

I just hope they can get the guy who did all the voice overs in WCII to do some work on the movie.

"Don't you have a kingdom to run"? -Footman
"Stop rocking the boat! you're making me seasick *puking sound*" -Elven destroyer

"Yeeessss Massssterr" - Death Knight
"I'm the smart one! No, I'M the smart one!" - Ogre mage

Re:Voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293852)

I believe the Ogre Mage would say, "We're not brainless anymore. I've got the brain! Nuh-uh!"

Re:Voice (1)

crerwin (971247) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294440)

I think Bill Roper did the footman/boat voices.

I'd rather be sailing.

love (1)

sosuke (789685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292695)

Well, with any epic action film like this there has to be a male female connection, and speculation on if its going to be cross race or cross faction? Tauren & Gnome? Where is the love going to be in this movie?

Re:love (1)

sosuke (789685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292713)

preview preview preview supposed to read: "any speculation on if its going to be cross race or cross faction"

Re:love (1)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292732)

Tauren/gnome? That's hot.

Re:love (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15292907)

yes, the rogue tauren snuck into gnomeregan and found a beautiful gnome preistess.

They fell in love, and tried to settle the differences between their tribes.

"I once knew a gnome named maria..."

Re:love (1)

F_Scentura (250214) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292915)

"Where is the love going to be in this movie?"

Solo, and on the floor as soon as the night elves come on screen, sadly.

Great !!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15292711)

Will it be a pr0n movie with naked night elves ?

Re:Great !!! (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293473)

"Will it be a pr0n movie with naked night elves ?"

*Ow* My desk doesn't support crossed legs.

Movie Line (1)

shadwwulf (145057) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292721)

As long as they find a way to sneak in a line by a dopey sounding guy saying "Ready to Serve", I'll be happy.

The WarCraft series had quite a bit of personality prior to going MMORPG, and (although I haven't had a chance to play it) I would assume they have quite a large base of backstory to draw from in the World of WarCraft game.

Sounds interesting...

MTW

Re:Movie Line (1)

remembertomorrow (959064) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292852)

I always liked "Done building ship!" better. :(

Re:Movie Line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293149)

Zug, Zug!

Re:Movie Line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293328)

Sko-Bu...

Re:Movie Line (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293157)

That most likely will be the only good part of the movie. Why is that movies based upon computer games and computer games based upon movies always tend to suck.

With games it is all about the gameplay and if that doesn't work then no matter how good the story is the game will suck.

With movies it is all about the story and without a good storey it just comes off as a string of empty special effects and lots of meaningless CGI.

Re:Movie Line (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293801)

There are so many great stories in WoW alone. Any of the better Quests could be made into the central plotline (onyxia story comes to mind, "The missing Diplomat" Quest, the stuff going on with the forsaken etc). Then there are the other games and the "history". WC3's story made into a movie wouldn't be half bad, I think. Illidian, also very nice. For added drama the Theramoore thing where the daughter has to take up arms against her, now mad, father. There certainly is potential, and I think the percent chances of it being good are about equal to the percent involvment that Blizzard has in the creation of this movie.

Re:Movie Line (1)

Spinalcold (955025) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294962)

"There certainly is potential, and I think the percent chances of it being good are about equal to the percent involvment that Blizzard has in the creation of this movie."

I agree. Blizzard has already cancelled two games that they sunk a lot of time and money into because they weren't as good as they had wanted them to be, and they wanted them to be above and beyond current games. If they have the control to decide plots and if they can cancel it, I think there is a chance that it will be good. I would LOVE to see them do it in CG though, their CG is spectacular. I especially love when Thrall and the Blademaster (forget name) fight Manaroth. The movements are extremely lifelike (for a fantasy creature).

Re:Movie Line (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293162)

As long as they find a way to sneak in a line by a dopey sounding guy saying "Ready to Serve", I'll be happy.

Daylight's burning!

Ooooh (4, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292747)

Stand in line for 90 minutes waiting for your ticket to be validated.
Then when you get into the theatre just as the action hots up random people are ejected forcefully and then forced to stand back in line outside.

Of course they want it to be big, they always do. Its not like it will be the first movie to hit the spot.
They are standing on the shoulders of such greats as Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Pokemon and Doom..

Re:Ooooh (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294943)

Dude how can you forget these Gems.

Super Mario Bros http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108255/ [imdb.com]
Alone in the dark http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369226/ [imdb.com]
House of the Dead http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317676/ [imdb.com]
BloodRayne http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383222/ [imdb.com]
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119707/ [imdb.com]
And many more travesties, hell thats not even all Uwe Boll's fiascos.

Only to be joined by all these on the aforementioned shoulders.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2006-04-26-mov ie-based-games_x.htm [usatoday.com]

IMHO, Metroid, Halo, and WOW have the best shots at being average movies.

I will watch them all, just like i have every Comic Book inspired piece of crap, to get the few good films. Anybody remember that utter feeling of disbelief upon leaving Batman back in 89 and thinking "Wow that wasn't a bad movie". Yeah me too, Good times. XMen, Spiderman

Never Discount the Mystery Science Theater type of enjoyment, you get out of uninspired crap like House of the Dead, Captain America, Fantastic Four (Yes, Both of them), and Daredevil.

OMG Hunter item (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15292749)

Naturally this movie is a hunter only item. If any one else tries to see it then they should be labled a ninja and booted from the theater.

My favorite part (2, Funny)

faloi (738831) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292767)

I really liked the part where all the guys with the dragon loot caught the guy fresh off the farm and killed him. Then camped him for four hours. That was hillarious! Much better than when it happens to me in game.

director (1)

bayankaran (446245) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292828)

"Many details of the film deal remained unsettled or undisclosed on Monday, including the choice of director..."

My vote is for Uwe Boll.

What I would give... (1)

FluffyG (692458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292839)

to see a sheep just explode randomly in the background of the movie.. I swear I wasted so much of my life being amused by that.

Re:What I would give... (1)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295677)

"Why is that guy back there poking on that cow?"

BOOM!!

*** splaaaattt!!! ***

"OMFG!! That's so totally AWESOME!"

Re:What I would give... (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15297252)

I like to moonfire bunnies and other level 1 critters. It's even funnier when they resist.

Who else hoped they could keep the orphan as a pet this year...

Way better than StarCraft II (2, Insightful)

SpaceLemur (955902) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292859)

This is the obvious next step for Blizzard. Forget StarCraft II or even putting Ghost back into production. No one wants those; they want another crappy movie based on a video game.

Oh, sure (1)

solomonrex (848655) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292874)

It will be the best movie ever made... when it's finished 20 years from now. And tickets will cost $50. How is that Ghost project going again?

Oh, please. (1, Offtopic)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292879)

Less than 10% of films based on a video game title survive in any fashion.

Blizzard, spend your money on infastructure upgrades first. This is a little more important to us, your subscribers of WoW.

Horde still suck.

Re:Oh, please. (1)

fallen1 (230220) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293241)

We Horde may suck, but we're twice as good as those Alliance whiners ;-)

Oh, the Horde does agree with you on the infrastructure upgrades though. With as much cash flow as Blizzard has, that should be their main priority. Period. Never let it be said we are in total opposition with the Alliance *heh*

Now log in, get in queue for WSG, and get ready for an ass-kicking! :)

Re:Oh, please. (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294636)

You know, Blizzard isn't just one guy named Jim. They can do more than one thing at the same time.

Like all you people bitching about "Why are you spending time fixing balance issues, when you could be fixing the servers?" Well, because the guys who work on patches don't work on the fucking servers.

Re:Oh, please. (1)

petrus4 (213815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15297082)

>Horde still suck

I've heard this said a lot, and I don't entirely agree with it. My primary character is a Forsaken mage. I consider the Tirisfal Glades area to be extremely atmospheric and as well populated with monsters and quests as any other area of the game that I've seen. Thunder Bluff and Mulgore are also beautiful, and the Barrens are a wonderful approximation of a savannah environment in my mind.

I will agree with anyone that Orgrimmar is probably the single least impressive city in the game, but that is almost to be expected. Blizz's cultural inspiration for the Orcs in particular has always seemed rather confused, to me...somewhere between Klingons and Scotsmen. ;-)

Intereted, but (4, Funny)

cordsie (565171) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292923)

I'm interested, but I don't have a lot of time to go out to the movies these days. Can I pay someone in China to go see it for me?

Re:Intereted, but (1)

Kuvter (882697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295170)

Don't worry about having time NOW. Knowing Blizzard they'll set a release date and then 2 years later it'll come out. It will be high quality, but don't expect it any time soon.

Blizzard's Reputation (3, Insightful)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 8 years ago | (#15292957)

Over the past several years, Blizzard has yet to produce any product that was less than outstanding: Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft and WoW.

While the gaming industry is getting more similar to the movie industry there are still differences that have been the bane of most game-based movies. I will optimistically have faith that Blizzard can navigate these pitfalls.

You only need to look at the stories and mini-movies in their games from the last five years: Diablo II chapter movie sequences are a good example. Ghost's story in Starcraft and the Undead Prince in Warcraft III are others.

I'd think they would have better luck making a Diablo movie first. I think the story is simpler, has more chances for pulling the audience in and obviously lots of opportunities for special effects and unique scenery. (Imagine a male barbarian, female paladin and male mage travel together.... oh wait, that's Conan. ;-)

Starcraft, too, would make a good movie.

The real questions that occur to me are:
-What time will they choose? (WC III, WoW, before?) Maybe there will just be lots of history explanation and flashbacks.
-What storylines will they follow? There are so many in WoW, but what is the "central" plot line?
-From which point of view will the movie be? I can guess Alliance, but it would be interesting if they did a second movie from the Horde perspective.
-Live action plus CGI special effects, or full digital animation? They'd get more general masses with live action, but they'd have the hardcore following of gamers and anime fans with full digital.

Regardless I think this will be worth seeing, and again, I trust that Blizzard will do a quality job. Let's hope the director and producer(s) they get listen to them.

Re:Blizzard's Reputation (1)

nasch (598556) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293509)

I've thought for some years that Starcraft could make a really good movie, and not just for fans of the game either. I'm hoping that the Warcraft movie is successful, because if it isn't they probably won't go on to make the Starcraft movie I want to see (I'm more a SC fan than WC).

plot (1)

gaijin99 (143693) | more than 8 years ago | (#15296858)

I'd prefer it if they didn't focus on the war much, but rather used it as a background instead of trying to follow the whole war from start to finish. Someone else mentioned that the Jaina Proudmoore vs. her father storyline could be interesting. The fall and subsiquent redemption of Grom Hellscream might also be nice. Naturally they could just follow the fall of Arthus as outlined in the game, but for some reason that doesn't sound as interesting to me, don't know why.

Well lets hope.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293106)

.. they do something about the ridiculous shoulderpads.

Could be good (1)

mmalove (919245) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293190)

Blizzard has enough lore behind Azeroth at this point to rival Lord of the Rings - I think they could create a fantastic movie of it. I agree that they should use CGI for it though - they have some of the best drawn and most intriguing intro's to their games of any I've played.

   

Re:Could be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293392)

Warcraft's amount of lore absolutely pales when compared to the Warhammer/40K universes. Not only that but all the comments above about Warcraft being mature content is quite frankly, rubbish. I don't quite get why people who like high-fantasy go for the Disney-fantasy of Warcraft over Warhammer's visceral high-fantasy (which does do great PC games too fyi).

Skimpy clothing on pixelated women isn't a valid answer ;-P

Re:Could be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15293432)

Blizzard has enough lore behind Azeroth at this point to rival Lord of the Rings

Mod parent up as funny. This guy can't be serious!

Re:Could be good (1)

nasch (598556) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293534)

I'm speaking from a position of ignorance here about the amount of backstory/lore behind Warcraft, so you could very well be right. But are you speaking from a position of knowledge or ignorance about Middle Earth? Are you familiar with the thousands of years of backstory in the Silmarillion? I haven't read it all, but there's a lot there.

Re:Could be good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15295039)

LotR > D&D ~= Warhammer > WoW

In related news... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293226)

The Alone in the Dark film [imdb.com] will be released on DVD today in the US.

Video game films obviously have a bright future.

Hmm...Drama (1)

Tolwyn_993442 (795967) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293793)

They should get some advice from raiding guilds =)

Reverse Tie In (1)

Chi Hsuan Men (767453) | more than 8 years ago | (#15293815)

I'm wondering if Blizzard might set the movie during the current WoW timeframe and create an opportunity for a reverse Tie In. I have seen SWG and MxO fail dismally, despite the iconic status of the characters which exist in their respective franchises; however, Blizzard could offer a new level of interactive content.

Naturally, it would be easy to have players re-enact certain quests or events that occur in the movie, but Blizzard could also introduce content within the movie and have players explore it interactively within WoW. In addition, certain elements could be decided by in-game events and the eventual out come could be fleshed out in the film.

Personally I've always found the Blizzard cut scenes to be well done and extremely engaging. I'm more than willing to explore what they have to offer in terms of feature length content.

Working as intended... (1)

HellBat (413063) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294071)

I can see it now. The film will only have sprocket holes every 20th frame or so. It will freeze up as it jumps on the sprockets of the projectors then rapidly spool back to the takeup reel. All the spells and attacks that were frozen onscreen will be cast in 1/24th of a second. Blizzard will blame it on the serice provider and say their film is "Working as intended, no fault found."

Then the 13 year old next to you ninja loots your popcorn.

well... (2, Insightful)

cornface (900179) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294247)

We want to make a movie that will not only appeal to our existing fans, but will also bring in people that have never heard of Warcraft before.

And that is why it is going to suck.

Millions of Dollars (1)

Picticon (728866) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294651)

They gotta have something to spend their millions of dollars on. They take in 50-90 million dollars a month. Their servers can't cost more than a million to run. Staff? Another million. You do the math.

Straight to video (1)

cryptomancer (158526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15294750)

I dunno if going the Hollywood live-action route is a good idea at all. They have 5M+ subscribers, do they really need to expand their audience? Nevermind relating to the other posts about whether or not their servers can handle expanding their market..

How about they just make another DVD of their own CGI? It's more of what we want to see than who they'll likely for actors, directors, locations, etc., and they could put in the voices that we're already familiar with.

Less risky too, since a flop in the box office could kill those hopes of expanding the market.

Warcraft Movie Progression (1)

JKSN17 (956518) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295147)

Previews... Authenicating... Handshaking... Connected... Title Credits... 10 minutes into the movie, DISCONNECTED 30 seconds later everyone will recieve a "World Server is Down" message 1 hour later a blue post will appear on the WoW forums stating that "This was inconvient timing, and that everyone with recieve an hour and a half credit to there accounts" "Resurrect Now?"

Script exerpt (4, Funny)

Trails (629752) | more than 8 years ago | (#15295265)

"... fade into snowy wooded glade, midafternoon. Lots of conieforus trees, bunnies hopping around, mountains in background, stone veranda visible on mountains. Focus on two wagons, with sevral dwarves standing by them. The main protagonist Urmomishot approaches the dwarves. Dwarf1: ! Dwarf2: ! Dwarf3: ! Urmomishot approaches Dwarf1 Dwarf1: Those hundreds of troggs over there have been giving me grief, please go kill 10 of them. Urmomishot approaches Dwarf2 Dwarf2: I have to deliver a package 30 metres down the road, but I'm lazy. Do it for me. Urmomishot approaches Dwarf3 Dwarf3: I need 15 pieces of wolfhide to make you a shirt you don't need. Go get me the hide. A gnome runs up. Gnome: Hey can u spar soem copr? kthxbye ..."
Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...