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#1 Posted : Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:14:00 AM(UTC)

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Variety reported late Tuesday night that Sam Raimi has signed to direct the "World of Warcraft" movie. The movie will be titled "Warcraft," possibly leading to a "Warcraft 2, 3, etc." if things go well.

Based on the popularity of the MMORPG, can there be any doubt that the movie will be a hit, at least in the first weekend? The movie hasn't exactly been spending to the big screen: Blizzard made a deal with Legendary Pictures for a film adaptation of the game way back in 2006.

The film's producers will include "Dark Knight" producer Charles Roven, his Atlas producing partner Alex Gartner, Legendary's CEO Thomas Tull, Legendary's chief creative officer Jon Jashni, along with Raimi and his producing partner, Joshua Donen. Rob Tapert will be executive producer, and Blizzard senior VP of creative development Chris Metzen will be co-producer.

Raimi said:

"At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story. I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen."

That's all true, but that doesn't guarantee a blockbuster box office take. What does guarantee that is the massive following of the game.

According to the report, Raimi will finish "Spider-Man 4" first (shooting begins early 2010), then move on to "Warcraft." Sam Raimi is probably best known for directing the first three "Spider-Man" movies, but he's also well-known for the "Evil Dead" series and most recently released "Drag Me to Hell."

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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:18:15 PM(UTC)

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This is so sad...Why do we need games in theaters. Embarrassing.

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#3 Posted : Thursday, July 23, 2009 6:13:39 PM(UTC)

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These movies actually wouldn't be horrible if they left fantasy with animated instead of always going to live action... I mean the shear amount of special affects required to make the movie any good wouldn't leave much room for actual actors.

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#4 Posted : Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:34:38 PM(UTC)

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I totally agree. For a real actor to pull off something that has been animated all its product life it's a pretty tall order.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, August 6, 2009 5:29:45 AM(UTC)

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Huh. No wonder those Goblins have been asking Saunders which side is his best side lately.

I know it's going to be effects-driven, but there is some hope. The Gollum character from the Lord Of The Rings movies (and no, they weren't based on the LotR MMORPG) was a gifted actor, Andy Serkis. His motions were captured to form the basis for the corrupted Hobbit, making the character more vivid than the traditional all-digital approach.

I have to wonder, though: Will the WoW gamers willingly give up two hours of play time to watch a movie? Maybe if they streamed it online so you could watchi it while on those long Gryphon flights...

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