Sam Raimi Talks About Plans for His World of Warcraft Movie
It was announced last year, just before Comic-Con, that Sam Raimi was attached to direct an epic movie based on the incredibly popular World of Warcraft video game made by Blizzard. A year has passed and we haven't heard much since, although in October they did find a writer - Robert Rodat of Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot and so on. Our friends at Collider caught up with Raimi just recently on the red carpet of the Saturn Awards last night and spoke, at length, about his thoughts on the game, how they're planning to adapt it, the world it'll be set it, and anything he could get out of him at this point in development. Read on!
Raimi was first asked why he wants to make the World of Warcraft movie and why it interests him so much.
"I love the visual world that the guys over at Blizzard have created. It's incredibly, engrossingly terrifying and exciting. And I like the use of scale, the giant monsters they have, I love the different landscapes your character can move through. I like the first person interaction you have with other players online. There's so many aspects about the game I really enjoy, like the battles, like performing spells and learning new spells and getting to the next level like everyone else."
For those that think Raimi is not a gamer, the filmmaker said that he once had a level 29 Shaman that got deleted but now has a level 72 character that he didn't even "power level", he leveled it up all himself, so he's definitely been immersed in that world. As for how far in they are, apparently they've only got 40 pages so far and "we're still working on the story right now." They're trying to find the characters first, and through finding them, they'll then begin crafting the story. "There's no real angle on it, we're just trying to create realistic characters that can live in the World of Warcraft as though you were in the game itself, in one or two or three of those environments, and see the interaction with those great mythical, iconic characters."
When asked about the troubles adaptating video game movies (and most of them being pretty bad), he says he doesn't know how the other filmmakers made them so he doesn't want to "generalize." In brief, he they love the game and he wants to do the best they can. "I'm attracted to the characters, the weaponry, the environment that they've created," Raimi says. In reference to weapons, he specifically called out "Orcs with axes" and "Human Paladins with the warhammers" and it'd be really cool to "see them in battle." I agree! I'm not sure how close this is to actually happening (IMDb has it listed for 2013) but it's great to hear his thoughts about it. We'll keep you updated!