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WoW Movie - Sam Raimi to direct

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by HillBilly, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. HillBilly

    HillBilly Guest

    Pffft, who cares!!....I want a UO movie!!!

    But anywho, heres the scoop....


    The World of Warcraft movie is officially on the move, after many months of stagnation we though the project may have died, but behind the scenes were exciting discussions and today Blizzard and Legendary pictures have named their director, one Sam Raimi.

    Raimi has directed both the Spider-man and Evil Dead series, and may be a perfect choice, as someone that can take a huge wealth of core material (with a strong fan following) and deliver something phenomenal.

    Raimi is currently set to direct Spider-man 4 which is due for release in 2011, production hasn’t yet started on the fourth movie, which gives the World of Warcraft movie a release date, at the earliest, in 2012. (Assuming Spider-man 4 begins early next year, takes one year to complete and meets its release date, and that WOW has a similar schedule).

    Press Release

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 22, 2009 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment®’s award-winning Warcraft® universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.
    Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.

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

    Charles Roven’s producing talents were recently seen with last summer’s blockbuster The Dark Knight, which grossed in excess of $1 billion, was nominated for eight Academy Awards® and won two. His body of work also includes the widely acclaimed Batman Begins and the sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys. Roven, with Atlas producing partner Alex Gartner, will be producing with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni, Raimi and Raimi’s producing partner Joshua Donen. Raimi’s partner, Robert Tapert, will be an Executive Producer and Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Creative Development, Chris Metzen, a Co-Producer.

    “Partnering with Sam Raimi exemplifies Legendary’s mandate of marrying the highest quality intellectual property to world-class filmmakers” said Legendary’s Tull. “Sam’s passion for ‘Warcraft’ is undeniable and we know that he will create an incredible film worthy of Blizzard’s phenomenal franchise. We look forward to collaborating with our partners at Warner Bros. and continuing our successful relationship with Chuck in bringing this rich new world to the screen.”

    “Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have a shared vision for this film and we searched at length to find the very best director to bring that vision to life,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “From our first conversation with Sam, we could tell he was the perfect choice. Sam knows how to simultaneously satisfy the enthusiasts and the mainstream audience that might be experiencing that content for the first time. We’re looking forward to working with him to achieve that here.”
  2. Aran

    Aran Always Present
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    If it's as ****ty as Legend of the Seeker....
  3. SUPRsalad

    SUPRsalad Guest

    its gotten this bad?
  4. Black Sun

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  5. Stupid Miner

    Stupid Miner Guest

    As are most comic book movies, but Raimi did Spiderman 1 (and 2 i think) so that means he's more likely than most to pull off a good video game adaptation.
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  7. ColterDC

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    May 13, 2008
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    Depends on your definition of bomb. Sure maybe you and I think the movies are complete crap, but Hollywood doesn't care. All they care about is how many millions of dollars they make.

    Keep in mind that this does not include DvD sales, etc. So the total amount of money they actually made in the end would be alot higher.

    Doom - Budget 60 mil - Box office 66 mil
    Super Mario - Budget 42 mil - Box office 21 mil
    In the name of the King - Budget 60 mil - Box office 12 mil
    Steet Fighter - Budget 35 mil - Box office 100 mil
    Mortal Kombat - Budget 25 mil -Box office 122 mil
    Dead or Alive - Budget 21 mil - Box office 7.5 mil

    The bolded movies are far from being bombs. Not only did they make a crap load of money, but I can personally say that all 3 of them were enjoyable to watch (OK maybe not Street Fighter, but MK and Doom were pretty good).

    As for the WoW movie.... guess we'll have to wait and see. Personally I'm more excited about the upcoming Hobbit movies, but you never know, a WoW movie could be OK.