It’s not enough that more than eight million people have forsworn society, sunlight and the real world to ensconce themselves in the magical world of Azeroth, soon this most obsessively popular of computer games will be taking over multiplexes as well. The World of Warcraft film is on its way and at the recent BlizzCon event (thrown by the game’s developer, Blizzard) it was announced that it will be with us the year after next.
Producer Thomas Tull confirmed a planned 2009 release date for the movie, estimating a healthy budget of $100 million for the fantasy adaptation.
LZ5by5 wrote: »
Is there an actual storyline with central characters in World of Warcraft?
Karl Hungus wrote: »
instead of the likes of Uwe Boll
[cEMAN**;61270275']WHAT?! But he's the only guy in the movie business that isn't a retard...
...damn you Karl!
Karl Hungus wrote: »
You know Uwe Boll did actually approach Blizzard so that he could make a Warcraft film?
Good grief… While Moon man Duncan Jones has been laying hints about a big new project in the works on the Twitter-wires, we’re not sure we expected this. Jones has signed on to tackle the Warcraft movie for Legendary Entertainment.
Yes, the film based on Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game World Of Warcraft. The one that Sam Raimi had been developing to direct before he decided to head off to a different magical land for Oz The Great And Powerful instead.
pixelburp wrote: »
I would presume then that his sci-fi project 'Mute' is shelved then; that' a shame as it sounded like an interesting concept. Guess money talks in this instance.
Speaking as a gamer, adaptations of games have consistently been a cinematic graveyard, and often it comes down to the fact that what makes games appealing is the interactive experience, not the mythos. Strip away the gamer from Warcraft and what's left is a pretty generic, over-earnest fantasy tale.
I still hold out hope Bioshock will get made as the epic, dystopian parable - in the mould of films like Brazil - it could be.
Gbear wrote: »
Interview with Duncan Jones:
Obviously he's not going to say it's a big pile of ****, but he seemed really into the whole thing.
Caring is half the battle with these things.
Most video game films have felt like something completely cynical from top to bottom, made as a sop to nerds.
Now that the nerds have grown up, hopefully we can get something that's made with more passion and more competence.