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Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie 298

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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Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

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  • by dreemernj ( 859414 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @10:48AM (#28781773) Homepage Journal
    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?
  • Yellow Oldsmobile (Score:3, Informative)

    by OglinTatas ( 710589 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @10:49AM (#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.

  • Not just WoW.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by murphyd311 ( 1364187 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @10:59AM (#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.
  • by samriel ( 1456543 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @11:17AM (#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

  • by geminidomino ( 614729 ) * on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @11:39AM (#28782579) Journal

    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.

    Are you sure you're not mixing that up with conflicts?

    Man vs. Man
    Man vs. Society
    Man vs. Himself
    Man vs. Nature
    Man vs. The Supernatural
    Man vs. Technology
    Man vs... err... bugger all. Can't remember.

    Seems to me you can get more than 7 plots just using combinations of these.

  • by bigstrat2003 ( 1058574 ) * on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @12:58PM (#28783745)
    That is what they're doing. Blizzard has only ever referred to this movie as the "Warcraft movie". It's the fans who have misconstrued that as meaning it's based on the game WoW.
  • by khellendros1984 ( 792761 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @01:32PM (#28784307) Journal
    1. Rags to Riches
    2. Overcoming the Monster
    3. The Quest
    4. Voyage and Return
    5. Comedy
    6. Tragedy
    7. Rebirth
    Basically, it's 7 *categories* of plot, identified by Shakespeare. I don't have examples for any of them, but some of them are self-evident from their names, I think.
  • by Reivec ( 607341 ) on Wednesday July 22, 2009 @01:43PM (#28784495)

    Not sure why there is so much speculation on the basics of the story line when blizzard has already been talking about this for some time.

    http://www.gamespot.com/news/6176224.html?tag=top_stories;title;0 [gamespot.com]

    It will cover part of the lore before the timeline for WoW began. All the comments about the movie trying to replicate a repeatative gameplay mechanic have obviously never paid one bit of attention to the game or read any of the quest logs etc. There is plenty of story there. The game must remain static so people can take part over and over again but the STORY is not static. They tried to remedy some of this in the last xpac by using phased zones where different players see different things depending on what quests they have completed.

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