Sam Raimi's World of Warcraft Movie Finds a Screenwriter
In July the MMORPG nerd collective all shared a shocking experience. No, they didn't lose their virginity, and no the Warcraft servers weren't down, but it was announced that Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) would be at the helm of the adaptation of the popular, life-consuming game World of Warcraft. However, nothing else substantial has come from Legendary Pictures, Warner Brothers, Atlas Entertainment or even Blizzard Entertainment to show how exactly they were progressing. MTV reports today that Raimi himself has confirmed that Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat is on board to write the screenplay.
Here's what Raimi told MTV about how they're approaching the story in this big World of Warcraft movie:
"We want to be really faithful to the game. We would have our writer... really craft an original story within that world that feels like a 'World of Warcraft' adventure. Only obviously it's very different 'cause it's expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture."
I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible."
Now I'm pissed that so many great people are being brought on this movie so that there's no way in hell I can ignore it. But my bet is that I won't have to worry about seeing this adaptation for at least another four or five years simply because Raimi has a lot on his plate and Rodat pretty busy with other work as well.
First, Raimi is attached to (at least) Spider-Man 4 coming up, not to mention a remake of his original cult classic Evil Dead. We know the Spider-Man movies are taking huge precedence over the Warcraft movie, and if the script hasn't even been written yet, there's not much for him to direct anytime soon. And on the writing side of things, Rodat is already committed to writing Roland Emmerich's huge endeavor to adapt Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and since Emmerich has said Rodat is "the most knowledgeable person I ever met about the Foundation novels," I'd imagine it's a priority for the both of them. So even though this is a great development, I think we've got plenty of time to mull it over. How do you like them apples?